Stathmostelma fornicatum (N.E. Br.) Bullock
subsp. fornicatum

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Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Pemba town.

Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Pemba town.

Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Pemba town.

Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Pemba town.

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Synonyms: Asclepias fornicata N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare and local in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with annual stems, growing from a large tuberous rootstock. Stem with milky latex, single, branching near the base, up to 60 cm tall, ascending or erect, hairless or minutely pubescent with short white hairs. Leaves opposite, linear, up to 8-20 cm long, minutely pubescent with stiff white hairs, particularly on the margin and the midrib. Flowers in terminal or extra-axillary 2-5-flowered erect umbels on a peduncle, up to 18 cm long. Corolla lobes spreading, greenish and hairless on the outside, chrome-yellow and minutely papillose inside. Corona lobes yellow or orange, erect, c. 1.5 times as tall as the column; lower margin extending with a tooth over the column; 1 or 2 small teeth present in the cavity of the corona lobes. Fruit a single follicle, fusiform, c. 11 × 0.6 cm, beaked, smooth, hairless when mature, erect on a straight pedicel.
Notes:
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Habitat: In seasonally waterlogged grassy areas in mopane or Acacia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, just entering into Western Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls (Ncube 70).
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Images last updated: Sunday 2 March 2014
Literature:

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 22.

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. (1998). A revision of the African genus Stathmostelma K. Schum. Kew Bulletin 53 Pages 592 - 593.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 29.


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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: Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145930, retrieved 30 August 2016

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