Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus Schltr.

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Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

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Synonyms: Asclepias glaucophylla (Schltr.) Schltr.
Asclepias lilacina Weim.
Common names: Blue milkweed (English) Gwendere (Shona)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a woody rhizome. Stems 1-several, ascending to erect, up to 1 m long, hairless and more or less blue-green. Leaves opposite (sub)sessile, ovate to lanceolate, 7-12 cm long, distinctly blue-green and with a waxy bloom on both surfaces, cordate at the base. Flowers in 9-15-flowered, extra-axillary nodding umbels. Corolla lobes usually reflexed, greenish-yellow, sometimes purplish on the outside. Corona lobes attached c. 1.5 mm above the base of the staminal column, greenish-yellow, as tall as the column. Follicle erect on a twisted pedicel, fusiform or slightly inflated oblong-elliptic, 5.5-10 cm long, occasionally longitudinally winged, hairless, often blue-green.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: glaucophyllus: with glaucous (bluish-green) leaves
Habitat: In grassland, Brachystegia and mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 November 2008
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J. & Nicholas, A. (2001). A revision of Gomphocarpus R. Br. Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 813 - 815.


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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus
Tropicos: Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus
West African Plants database: Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus


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: Gomphocarpus glaucophyllus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145700, retrieved 26 July 2016

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