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 Unpublished list.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 South Africa

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Danaus chrysippus (African monarch) Food plant
Stapelia getliffei

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
getliffei R. Pott[LR-nt]W,E,SDescription, Image
gigantea N.E. Br.[DD]N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
kwebensis N. E. Br.[LR-lc]W,E,SDescription, Image
leendertziae N.E. Br.CDescription, 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: cultivated 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, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Stapelia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1158, retrieved 29 March 2017

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