Asclepias aurea (Schltr.) Schltr.

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Asclepias aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam; below dam wall

Asclepias aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam; below dam wall

Asclepias aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam; below dam wall

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Synonyms: Gomphocarpus aureus (Schltr.) Schltr.
Common names: Golden star-drops (English)
Status: Native
Slender, sparsely branched erect herb with annual stems, up to 55 cm tall, growing from a perennial rootstock. Leaves narrowly linear up to 8.5 cm long; margin distinctly rolled under. Flowers in 3-7-flowered umbels on a long peduncle. Corolla lobes dull yellow, purple-red on the outside. Corona normally golden yellow, outer lobes spreading, tapering to a long point.
Derivation of specific name: aurea: golden
Habitat: In grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southeastern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Northwest, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 November 2008

Goyder, D.J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 Page 395.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25.


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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: Asclepias aurea., retrieved 22 October 2016

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