Schizostephanus alatus K. Schum.

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Schizostephanus alatus

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Schizostephanus alatus

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Synonyms: Cynanchum validum N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Deciduous scrambling or twining shrub with succulent stems up to 4 m tall; branches green when young, becoming pale grey to greyish-brown. Leaves opposite, pendent to spreading, bright green, hairless, broadly ovate-cordate, 35–80 mm long; petiole 20–40 mm long. Inflorescence axillary on young green side branches, umbellate, up to 50 mm long,, 15–30-flowered; peduncles 35–55 mm long; pedicles 6–8 mm long. Corolla lobes fused at the base, oblong. 5 mm long, twisted, yellow, sometimes purple at the base. Corona white, 3.5– 4.0 mm high. Follicles erect, 45 mm long, shortly beaked, conspicuously winged, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: alatus: winged, referring to the winged follicles
Habitat: In rocky screes in dry river valleys.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia and Kenya to Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18. As Cynanchum validum

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. As Cynanchum validum

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 334 - 335. (Includes a picture).

Grobler, A. & Condy, G. (eds.) (2017). Flowering Plants of Africa Flowering Plants of Africa 65 Pages 112 - 118. by van Jaarsveld, E.J. & Visagie, M. (Includes a picture).

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 47. as Cynanchum validum

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Schizostephanus alatus., retrieved 21 July 2024

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