Cynanchum gerrardii (Harv.) Liede

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Cynanchum gerrardii

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Cynanchum gerrardii

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Cynanchum tetrapterum (Turcz.) R.A. Dyer
Common names: Milk-rope (English)
Status: Native
Leafless perennial twiner or climber. Stems smooth, succulent with milky latex. Flowers in small sessile clusters at the nodes. Fruit a pair of slender, pointed follicles.
Notes: This species is somewhat similar to Sarcostemma viminale, particularly the riverine twining form. That species has larger flowers on longer pedicels with petals not reflexed and a very different corona.
Derivation of specific name: gerrardii: named after William T. Gerrard, nineteenth century English botanical collector in Natal
Habitat: In dry woodland and scrub, often on stony slopes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Apr
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 3 August 2009

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 116. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 42 - 43.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 25.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. As Cynanchum tetrapterum


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cynanchum gerrardii., retrieved 19 August 2017

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