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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 Plant Database
Brachystelma richardsii Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Brachystelma richardsii EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Brachystelma richardsii ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Brachystelma richardsii Flora Zambesiaca
Brachystelma richardsii Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Brachystelma richardsii IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Brachystelma richardsii Ispot Southern Africa
Brachystelma richardsii JSTOR Plant Science
Brachystelma richardsii Kew Herbarium catalogue
Brachystelma richardsii Tropicos
Brachystelma richardsii West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
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 2 July 2016
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