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Marange South Communal Land, Save Valley
Photo: Lewis Walter
Davata Area, Lower Mwenezi District.
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Description: Compact, erect, clump-forming succulent perennial, up to 15 cm. Stems 4-angled or 4-ribbed, tapering at the apex, more or less erect, pubescent, grey-green with tuberculate teeth along the angles. Leaves up to 7 mm, pubescent, narrowly acute with conspicuous pale stipular glands. Flowers subsessile, facing outwards along the stems. Corolla wheel-shaped, or with lobes somewhat reflexed, 15-35 mm in diameter, variably pubescent on the outside and on the apical part of the lobes, otherwise mostly hairless. Lobes ovate-acuminate, convex to slightly reflexed, wrinkled transversely, yellow-brown to dark brown, sometimes tinged greenish. Corona raised inside the shallowly cup-shaped centre of the flower; outer lobes oblong; inner lobes shorter than the anthers.
Derivation of specific name:
kwebensis: of the Kwebe Hills near Lake Ngami, Botswana, where the type was collected.
Habitat: On alluvial soils in dry wooded areas, often in the shade of Acacia scrub.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1000 m
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Thursday 31 July 2014
Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 29. Comments
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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.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Stapelia kwebensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146620, retrieved 30 August 2016
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