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Description: Perennial herb with a simple annual stem growing from a tuber. Leaves opposite, narrowly lanceolate, 30-100 × 6-18 mm, pilose; margin entire. Flowers in axillary cluster of up to 8, no noticeable scent. Corolla lobes 8-15 mm long, linear, hairless, red to yellowish red mottled inside with fine white hairs near the base, outside green. Corona purple-red; outer lobes cup-shaped with 5 nectar pouches, yellow with red dots on the inside; inner lobes purple-red as long as the staminal column.The species is closely related to
B. dinteri but B. richardsii has much longer and thinner corolla lobes; a raised cup-shaped outer corona and white hairs at the base of the corolla lobes.
Notes: Overgrazing could be a threat but has also been reported to increase the diversity of various Asclepiadaceae.
Derivation of specific name:
richardsii: named after Dave Richards, fellow of the Aloe Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe and personal friend of the discoverer.
Habitat: In open miombo woodland on loamy soil.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe; distribution probably extending from Kadoma to Kariba.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Friday 2 March 2007
Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Mapaura, A. (2002). Kirkia 18(1) Page 132. Comments
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Other sources of information about Brachystelma richardsii: External websites: African Plants: A Photo Guide
Brachystelma richardsii African Plant Database
Brachystelma richardsii Biodiversity Explorer
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Brachystelma richardsii BHL
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Brachystelma richardsii EOL
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Brachystelma richardsii ePIC
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Brachystelma richardsii Flora Zambesiaca
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Brachystelma richardsii IPNI
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Brachystelma richardsii Ispot Southern Africa
Brachystelma richardsii JSTOR Plant Science
Brachystelma richardsii Kew Herbarium catalogue
Brachystelma richardsii Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Brachystelma richardsii The Plant List (version 1.1)
Brachystelma richardsii Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Brachystelma richardsii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146280, retrieved 24 February 2017
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