Xysmalobium undulatum (L.) W.T. Aiton

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Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Road, near Juliasdale

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Road, near Juliasdale

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Road, near Juliasdale

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Road, near Juliasdale

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Hwange NP to main Vic Falls / Bulawayo Rd, Matetsi Safari Area

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Hwange NP to main Vic Falls / Bulawayo Rd, Matetsi Safari Area

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Hwange NP to main Vic Falls / Bulawayo Rd, Matetsi Safari Area

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tshabalala Nature Reserve, Bulawayo

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tshabalala Nature Reserve, Bulawayo

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tshabalala Nature Reserve, Bulawayo

Xysmalobium undulatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tshabalala Nature Reserve, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Asclepias undulata L.
Gomphocarpus undulatus (L.) Schltr.
Common names: Chinyamuputika (Shona) Chiputi (Shona) Milkwort (English) Shupwashupwa (Shona)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Robust erect perennial herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Stems hairy with milky sap. Leaves opposite, lanceolate-elliptic, 8-27 cm long, hairy; margin often reddish-purple rimmed, very wavy. Flowers in dense axillary umbel-like inflorescences, creamy-green to yellowish, often tinged purple-brown. Corolla lobes erect with recurved tips, densely fringed with white hairs. Fruit single or paired follicles, up to 10 × 5 cm, inflated, covered in curled bristly hairs.
Notes: Widely used in traditional medicine and sold internationally under the name Uzara.
Derivation of specific name: undulatum: undulate, wavy
Habitat: In moist grassland and vleis
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 8 February 2016
Literature:

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20. as Asclepias reflexa

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 75. (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 27.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 30.


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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: Xysmalobium undulatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145490, retrieved 25 August 2016

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