Asclepias fimbriata Weim.

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Asclepias fimbriata

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Tsetsera plateau, Mozambique.

Asclepias fimbriata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tsetsera plateau, Mozambique.

Asclepias fimbriata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tsetsera plateau, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Trachycalymma fimbriatum (Weim.) Bullock
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial with annual stems, up to 50 cm tall, growing from a vertical tuber. Stem with milky sap, simple or branched near the base, densely pubescent with white spreading hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate, up to 5 × 3 cm, with prominent veins and white spreading hairs on both surfaces; margin entire, softly pubescent. Flowers in extra-axillary, 4-9-flowered, nodding umbels. Corolla purple, densely pubescent towards the apex outside, papillate on the inside. Corona lobes pouched with a rounded tip, appearing subspherical, white with a purple tip, without a tooth in the cavity; upper margins densely fimbriate. Fruit a single follicle, more or less narrowly ovoid, up to c. 8 × 1.5 cm, erect on a contorted pedicel, weakly longitudinally ridged, densely pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: fimbriata: fimbriate; with a fringed margin, referring to the margin of the corona lobes.
Habitat: In open montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1700 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: So far only known from the mountains on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique and from Mt Gorongosa in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic?
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Friday 21 November 2008
Literature:

Goyder, D.J. (2001). A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 137 - 138.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 133. as Trachycalymma fimbriatum


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asclepias fimbriata
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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: Asclepias fimbriata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145810, retrieved 27 May 2016

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