Brachystelma richardsii Peckover

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Status: Native
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.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe; distribution probably extending from Kadoma to Kariba.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Friday 2 March 2007
Literature:

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 132.


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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 web site: Brachystelma richardsii
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GRIN (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: Brachystelma richardsii


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: Brachystelma richardsii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146280, retrieved 24 May 2016

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