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:

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 31 May 2016

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