Asclepias graminifolia (Wild) Goyder

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Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Petra Ballings
Slopes below summit of Mt Nhamudima, Chimanimani mountains, Sussundenga Dist.

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Petra Ballings
Slopes below summit of Mt Nhamudima, Chimanimani mountains, Sussundenga Dist.

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below summit of Mt Nhamudima, Chimanimani mountains, Sussundenga Dist.

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below summit of Mt Nhamudima, Chimanimani mountains, Sussundenga Dist.

Asclepias graminifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below summit of Mt Nhamudima, Chimanimani mountains, Sussundenga Dist.

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Synonyms: Pachycarpus graminifolius Wild
Trachycalymma graminifolium (Wild) Goyder
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial with annual stems, up to 60 cm tall. Stem with milky sap, simple or branched, minutely pubescent with white spreading hairs. Leaves opposite, very shortly petiolate, linear, 8-16 cm long with prominent veins and white spreading hairs above and on the midrib below; margin entire, softly pubescent. Flowers in extra-axillary, 3-6-flowered, nodding umbels. Corolla dull purple with paler margins, sparsely pubescent towards the apex outside, hairless on the inside. Corona lobes spreading, channelled along most of the length and the tip slightly turned up, white, sometimes with purple sides, without a tooth in the cavity; upper margins densely papillate. Fruit a single follicle, narrowly ovoid, up to c. 6 × 1 cm (possibly larger), erect on a contorted pedicel, smooth, densely pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: graminifolia: with grass-like leaves.
Habitat: On rocky ground in quartzite grasslands.
Altitude range: (metres) 1700 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 November 2014
Literature:

Goyder, D.J. (2001). A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 141 - 144. (Includes a picture).

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

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 148.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asclepias graminifolia
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West African Plants database: Asclepias graminifolia


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 graminifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145820, retrieved 9 December 2016

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