6870.000 Brachystelma R. Br.

MACROPETALUM Burch. ex Decne.


Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

Dyer, R.A. (1980) Asclepiadaceae: Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia Flora of Southern Africa 27(4) 1 - 88

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Description of the genus

Usually dwarf, prostrate to erect, perennial herbs with a single tuber or a cluster of fusiform roots. Flowers in umbel-like inflorescences, terminal or lateral at the nodes. Corolla campanulate to ± flat; lobes spreading or united at tips to form a cage-like structure. Corona (1-)2-seriate; outer corona of distinct lobes; inner linear-oblong. Anthers horizontal, pressed onto style head. Follicles smooth, paired. Seeds with a narrow marginal wing, crowned with tuft of hairs.

Comment: More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). We will await a broader form of acceptance of this new concept before changing the taxonomy in our database.

Worldwide: 100 species in Africa with 1 species in India, New Guinea and Australia

Zimbabwe: 22 taxa.

Brachystelma pygmaeum subsp. pygmaeum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albipilosum A. Lancaster ex PeckoverN,E
barberiae Harv. ex Hook. f.W,C,EDescription
bikitaense Peckover?
buchananii N.E. Br.N,EDescription, Image
burchellii (Decne.) PeckoverN,W
chloranthum (Schltr.) PeckoverW,C,SDescription, Image
circinatum E. Mey.EDescription, Image
dinteri Schltr.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
discoideum R.A. Dyer[LR-nt]W
floribundum Schltr.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
foetidum Schltr.CDescription
furcatum Boele[End][DD]SDescription
gracile E.A. BruceN,W,C,E,SDescription
gymnopodum (Schltr.) Bruyns?
hirtellum Weim.[DD]W,C,EDescription
incanum R.A. Dyer?
lancasteri Boele[End][DD]CDescription
plocamoides Oliv.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
punctatum Boele[End][DD]W,CDescription
pygmaeum (Schltr.) N.E. Br. subsp. pygmaeum EDescription, Image
richardsii Peckover[End][VU]N,W,CDescription
tavalla K. Schum.N,C,EDescription

Other sources of information about Brachystelma:

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Flora of Botswana: Brachystelma
Flora of Malawi: Brachystelma
Flora of Mozambique: Brachystelma
Flora of Zambia: Brachystelma

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Brachystelma
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachystelma
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Brachystelma
Wikipedia: Brachystelma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brachystelma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachystelma

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Brachystelma.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1152, retrieved 26 May 2022

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