Brachystelma circinatum E. Mey.

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Brachystelma circinatum

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Brachystelma circinatum

Photo: Martin Heigan

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Synonyms: Brachystelma bolusii N.E. Br.
Brachystelma commixtum N.E. Br.
Brachystelma filiforme Harv.
Brachystelma galpinii (Schltr.) N.E. Br.
Brachystelma ovatum Oliv.
Brachystelma pallidum (Schltr.) N.E. Br.
Ceropegia circinata (E. Mey.) Bruyns
Dichaelia brachylepis Schltr.
Dichaelia cinerea Schltr.
Dichaelia circinata (E. Mey.) Schltr.
Dichaelia galpinii Schltr.
Dichaelia macra Schltr.
Dichaelia microphylla S. Moore
Dichaelia pallida Schltr.
Dichaelia undulata Schltr.
Dichaelia zeyheri Schltr.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb usually with a single branched stem, 7-30 cm high, growing from a discoid tuber up to 10 cm in diameter. Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, linear to ovate, 5-20 mm long, pubescent above. Inflorescences axillary, 1-2-flowered, on pedicels 2-5 mm long. Sepals lanceolate, c. 1.5 mm long. Corolla 5-25 mm long with linear-subulate lobes, united at the tips forming a cage, white to reddish-brown.
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 26.

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 121 - 123. As Ceropegia circinata (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 20.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25.

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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 circinatum., retrieved 21 May 2022

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