Gomphocarpus swynnertonii (S. Moore) Goyder & Nicholas

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Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Western slope Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Western slope Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Western slope Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Western slope Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Western slope Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Towards Eastern ridge, Chimanimani mountains

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Towards Eastern ridge, Chimanimani mountains

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Towards Eastern ridge, Chimanimani mountains

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Towards Eastern ridge, Chimanimani mountains

Gomphocarpus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Towards Eastern ridge, Chimanimani mountains

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Synonyms: Asclepias nyikana Schltr.
Asclepias swynnertonii S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a woody taproot. Stems few to many, erect, unbranched, up to c. 40 cm tall, densely covered in spreading white hairs, sometimes the hairs restricted to vertical bands. Leaves opposite, (sub)sessile, ovate, up to c. 6 × 3 cm, slightly cordate at the base, mostly hairless; margin slightly rolled under. Flowers in extra-axillary, 6-13-flowered nodding umbels. Corolla lobes spreading to reflexed, yellow to greenish-yellow, sometimes tinged brownish-purple. Corona lobes attached c. 1 mm above the base of the staminal column, laterally compressed. Follicle erect on a twisted pedicel, fusiform or lanceolate, up to 9 × 2 cm, pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: swynnertonii: named after Charles Francis Massey Swynnerton (1877-1938), well-known naturalist, who first recorded and collected many species of flora and fauna in and around the Chirinda Forest
Habitat: In montane grassland and Protea scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Shaba-DRC, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Thursday 13 August 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 73. (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J. & Nicholas, A. (2001). A revision of Gomphocarpus R. Br. Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 810 - 812.


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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: Gomphocarpus swynnertonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145720, retrieved 1 October 2016

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