Brachystelma richardsii Peckover

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Status: Native
Perennial herb with a simple annual stem growing from a tuber. Leaves opposite, narrowly lanceolate, 30-100 × 6-18 mm, pilose; margin entire. Flowers in axillary cluster of up to 8, no noticeable scent. Corolla lobes 8-15 mm long, linear, hairless, red to yellowish red mottled inside with fine white hairs near the base, outside green. Corona purple-red; outer lobes cup-shaped with 5 nectar pouches, yellow with red dots on the inside; inner lobes purple-red as long as the staminal column.The species is closely related to B. dinteri but B. richardsii has much longer and thinner corolla lobes; a raised cup-shaped outer corona and white hairs at the base of the corolla lobes.
Notes: Overgrazing could be a threat but has also been reported to increase the diversity of various Asclepiadaceae.
Derivation of specific name: richardsii: named after Dave Richards, fellow of the Aloe Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe and personal friend of the discoverer.
Habitat: In open miombo woodland on loamy soil.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe; distribution probably extending from Kadoma to Kariba.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Friday 2 March 2007

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 162.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 132.

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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachystelma richardsii
African Plant Database: Brachystelma richardsii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachystelma richardsii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachystelma richardsii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachystelma richardsii
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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 richardsii., retrieved 19 January 2022

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