Gomphocarpus tenuifolius (N.E. Br.) Bullock

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Gomphocarpus tenuifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Gomphocarpus tenuifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Gomphocarpus tenuifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Gomphocarpus tenuifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Gomphocarpus tenuifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Asclepias rhodesica Weim.
Asclepias tenuifolia N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender, shrubby perennial herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Stems erect, much-branched from the base; branches hairy near the top. Leaves opposite, narrowly linear, up to c. 6 cm long, pointed and mucronate at the apex, minutely pubescent on both surfaces; margin strongly rolled under. Flowers in extra-axillary, 4-6-flowered nodding umbels. Corolla lobes reflexed, pale yellow on the inside, often reddish-brown and pubescent on the outside. Corona lobes attached 1 mm above the base of the staminal column, yellow to greenish-yellow, laterally compressed, slightly taller than the column. Follicle on a more or less straight pedicel, 3-3.5 cm long, lanceolate in outline, tapering into a long pointed beak, pubescent, sometimes with soft bristles along longitudinal ridges.
Notes: Very similar to Gomphocarpus stenophyllus from Kenya and Tanzania.
Derivation of specific name: tenuifolius: with narrow leaves.
Habitat: More or less restricted to granite kopjes on the central watershed plateau.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe only
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 November 2008
Literature:

Goyder, D.J. & Nicholas, A. (2001). A revision of Gomphocarpus R. Br. Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 801 - 802.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 132.


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African Plant Database: Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
Ispot Southern Africa : Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
JSTOR Plant Science: Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
Tropicos: Gomphocarpus tenuifolius
West African Plants database: Gomphocarpus tenuifolius


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 tenuifolius.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145730, retrieved 26 June 2016

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