Brachystelma buchananii N.E. Br.

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Brachystelma buchananii

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Luwawa, Viphya Plateau

Brachystelma buchananii

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Luwawa, Viphya Plateau

Brachystelma buchananii

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Luwawa, Viphya Plateau

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Synonyms: Brachystelma magicum N.E. Br.
Brachystelma nauseosum De Wild.
Brachystelma shirense Schltr.
Ceropegia buchananii (N.E. Br.) Bruyns
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Status: Native
Erect or procumbent perennial with annual stems, growing from a tuber. Leaves ovate-elliptic. Flowers terminal in a 20-30-flowered umbel. Corolla up to 25 mm in diameter, flat and wheel-shaped, blackish purple, hairless. Outer corona cup-shaped with 10 teeth; inner lobes oblong.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Images last updated: Wednesday 16 January 2019

Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Pages 23 - 24. (Includes a picture).

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20.

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2018). An account of Ceropegia sect. Chamaesiphon (Apocynaceae) in Moçambique with new records and two new species Phytotaxa 364(2) Pages 119 - 121. As Ceropegia buchananii

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 19.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 24.

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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: Species information: Brachystelma buchananii., retrieved 21 May 2022

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