Ceropegia daverichardsii Bruyns

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Synonyms: Brachystelma richardsii Peckover
Common names:
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.
Notes: The species is closely related to Ceropegia brevipedicellata but C. daverichardsii has much longer and thinner corolla lobes; a raised cup-shaped outer corona and white hairs at the base of the corolla lobes.
Overgrazing could be a threat but has also been reported to increase the diversity of various Asclepiadaceae.
Derivation of specific name: daverichardsii: 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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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe; distribution probably extending from Kadoma to Kariba. Possibly also in Tanzania.
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.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 169.

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): Ceropegia daverichardsii
African Plant Database: Ceropegia daverichardsii
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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: Ceropegia daverichardsii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146280, retrieved 30 November 2023

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