Orbea caudata (N.E. Br.) Bruyns
subsp. rhodesiaca (L.C. Leach) Bruyns

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Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam, near camp site

Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam, near camp site

Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Caralluma caudata N.E. Br.
Orbeopsis caudata N.E. Br.) L.C. Leach subsp. rhodesiaca (L.C. Leach) L.C. Leach
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Low-growing succulent perennial. A dwarf form has been recorded from the lower Save Valley. Branches greyish-green, mottled darker green with long softly spine-like teeth. Flowers star-shaped, 6-10 cm in diameter with corolla tapering to a long point, lemon-yellow, spotted with purple; lobes often fringed with paddle-shaped purple hairs.
Notes: Although listed as Critically Endangered in Southern African Plant Red Data Lists (Mapaura & Timberlake in SABONET Report No. 14, 2002), this status is incorrect as it appears to be fairly widespread and frequent. It has been recorded from all divisions in Zimbabwe as well as the Okavango Area in Botswana and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia.
Derivation of specific name: caudata: abruptly ending in a long tail-like tip;
rhodesiaca: of rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
Habitat: In areas of granite kopjes, growing in leaf litter under trees, such as Brachystegia glaucescens.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1460 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, northern Botswana and Caprivi-Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Friday 30 March 2012
Literature:

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 102 - 106. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 257 - 259. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 116 - 117.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 14. SABONET. Pretoria. Page 162.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 74. (Includes a picture).

Leach, L.C. (1978). A contribution towards a new classification of Stapelieae (Asclepiadaceae) with a preliminary review of Orbea Haw. and descriptions of three new genera Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 1 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Page 68. as Orbeopsis caudata subsp. rhodesiaca

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 21.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 28.


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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. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Orbea caudata subsp. rhodesiaca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146670, retrieved 1 September 2016

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