Gomphocarpus tomentosus Burch.
subsp. tomentosus

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Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands

Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands

Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands

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Synonyms: Asclepias burchellii Schltr.
Asclepias lanata (E. Mey.) Druce
Gomphocarpus lanatus E. Mey.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial herb, up to c. 1.5 m tall. Stems erect, branched, woody near the base; young branches densely tomentose. Leaves opposite, linear, up to c. 12 cm long, tapering to a point at the apex, minutely pubescent above tomentose below; margin slightly rolled under. Flowers in extra-axillary, 3-6-flowered nodding umbels. Corolla lobes reflexed, yellow-brown or green, often tinged pink and tomentose on the outside. Corona lobes attached less than 1 mm above the base of the staminal column, white or cream, laterally compressed, as tall as the column. Follicle erect on a twisted pedicel, ovoid, tapering to a long pointed beak, sometimes subspherical without a beak, tomentose when young, soft bristles in lines along the surface.
Derivation of specific name: tomentosus: tomentose, densely woolly
Habitat: In open or disturbed areas, mostly on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 17 January 2017

Goyder, D.J. & Nicholas, A. (2001). A revision of Gomphocarpus R. Br. Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 807 - 809.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 56. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 27.

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Flora of Botswana: Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus
Flora of Mozambique: Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gomphocarpus tomentosus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Ispot Southern Africa: Gomphocarpus tomentosus
JSTOR Plant Science: Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gomphocarpus tomentosus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
Tropicos: Gomphocarpus tomentosus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145740, retrieved 20 March 2018

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