Cryptolepis oblongifolia Schltr.

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Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Cryptolepis oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tingwa River, near Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Ectadiopsis acutifolia Benth.
Ectadiopsis oblongifolia (Meisn.) Schltr.
Ectadium oblongifolium Meisn.
Secamone acutifolia Sond.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect small shrub, up to c. 1 m high with usually rather long, slender, often reddish-brown branches. Milky sap present. Leaves opposite, ascending, elliptic-oblong or lanceolate, 2.5-5 cm long, dark green above, much paler beneath, hairless; petiole 1.2-2.5 cm long. Flowers in subaxillary, subsessile, 3-15-flowered, branched clusters; sepals oblong, minutely ciliate at the apex. Corolla campanulate, yellowish-green, hairless; corona-lobes inserted at the middle of the corolla-tube. Follicles diverging at an angle of about 80°, 7.5-11 cm long, narrowly fusiform, gradually tapering from about the middle to a subacute point, hairless.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: oblongifolia: with oblong leaves.
Habitat: In grassland, often among rocks
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: West Africa from Sierra Leone to Cameroon, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and North-West, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 December 2010
Literature:

Bruce, E.A. (1946). Notes on Some Species of the Genus Cryptolepis R. Br.: I Kew Bulletin 1(1) Pages 46 - 48.

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 21 - 22.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 70. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 25. As Ectadiopsis oblongifolia

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 310 - 311. (Includes a picture).

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 62. as Ectadiopsis oblongifolia

Joubert, L. (2007). A taxonomic study of Cryptolepis (Apocynaceae) in Southern Africa Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Sciences (Botany) at the University of the Free State Bloemfontein Pages 133 - 137.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 300 - 301. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 26.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 221. as Ectadiopsis oblongifolia

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).


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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: Species information: Cryptolepis oblongifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145320, retrieved 25 June 2016

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