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Description: Perennial herb, up to 15 cm high, growing from a ovoid tuber c. 10 cm in diameter. Stems up to 15 cm long, decumbent or spreading horizontally, reddish-green, hairy. Leaves opposite, more or less narrowly ovate, 2-6.5 cm long, mostly folded lengthwise, dull bluish-green and hairless above, hairy below; apex mucronate; petiole up to 3 mm long. Flowers in terminal or axillary branched heads, 3-5 flowers per branch. Sepals purplish-green. Corolla lobes spreading, oblong-ovate, 4-8 mm long, purplish-green outside, hairy, inside yellowish-green with a bright magenta-purple inverted 'V'. Corona lobes 3-partite; central segment filiform c. 10 mm, much longer than lateral. Fruit in paired follicles, spreading horizontally, narrowly ovoid, 5-8 cm long.
Notes: Originally thought to be endemic to the highveld grassland of the South African Free State, it has more recently been recorded from the Limpopo Province and Southern Zimbabwe.
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Habitat: Occurring in grassland and dry open woodland, on sandy and clay rich soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
1000 - 1400 m
Worldwide distribution: Southern Zimbabwe and Limpopo and Free State, South Africa.
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A Taxonomic revision of Venter, H.J.T. (2009). Raphionacme (Apocynaceae: Periplocoideae) South African Journal of Botany 75(2) Pages 305 - 306. Comments
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Other sources of information about Raphionacme dyeri: External websites: African Plants: A Photo Guide
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Raphionacme dyeri JSTOR Plant Science
Raphionacme dyeri Kew Herbarium catalogue
Raphionacme dyeri Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Raphionacme dyeri The Plant List (version 1.1)
Raphionacme dyeri Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Raphionacme dyeri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=184360, retrieved 23 January 2017
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