6885.000 Stapelia L. - Carrion-flowers

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Description of the genus

Succulent perennial herbs. Stems pubescent, 4(-6)-angled, with tuberculate teeth on the angles. Leaves fleshy, rudimentary (or 0), at apex of tuberculate teeth with a pair of glands at their base. Inflorescence a pedunculate cyme, usually arising from the base. Flowers usually foetid. Corolla usually deeply lobed, rotate, shallowly cup-shaped or funnel-shaped, usually hairy, in shades of brown, yellow, red and purple. Corona in 2 series, 10-lobed, the 5 outer lobes simple (rarely 2-fid). Follicles fusiform, sparsely pubescent.

Derivation of name: After J.B. Van Stapel, Dutch physician who died in 1636.

Worldwide: 44 species in tropical and S Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Insects associated with this genus:
Danaus chrysippus (African monarch) Food plant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
gigantea N.E. Br.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Stapelia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Stapelia
Flora of Malawi: Stapelia
Flora of Mozambique: Stapelia
Flora of Zambia: Stapelia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Stapelia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Stapelia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Stapelia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Stapelia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Stapelia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Stapelia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Stapelia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1158, retrieved 29 July 2016

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