Asclepias fimbriata Weim.

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Asclepias fimbriata

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Tsetsera plateau, Mozambique.

Asclepias fimbriata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tsetsera plateau, Mozambique.

Asclepias fimbriata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tsetsera plateau, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Trachycalymma fimbriatum (Weim.) Bullock
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect perennial with annual stems, up to 50 cm tall, growing from a vertical tuber. Stem with milky sap, simple or branched near the base, densely pubescent with white spreading hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate, up to 5 × 3 cm, with prominent veins and white spreading hairs on both surfaces; margin entire, softly pubescent. Flowers in extra-axillary, 4-9-flowered, nodding umbels. Corolla purple, densely pubescent towards the apex outside, papillate on the inside. Corona lobes pouched with a rounded tip, appearing subspherical, white with a purple tip, without a tooth in the cavity; upper margins densely fimbriate. Fruit a single follicle, more or less narrowly ovoid, up to c. 8 × 1.5 cm, erect on a contorted pedicel, weakly longitudinally ridged, densely pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: fimbriata: fimbriate; with a fringed margin, referring to the margin of the corona lobes.
Habitat: In open montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1700 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: So far only known from the mountains on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique and from Mt Gorongosa in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic?
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 179. As Trachycalymma fimbriatum

Goyder, D.J. (2001). A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 137 - 138.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 269.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 133. as Trachycalymma fimbriatum

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 22. as Trachycalymma fimbriatum

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asclepias fimbriata., retrieved 7 December 2023

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