Orbea umbracula (M.D. Hend.) L.C. Leach

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Orbea umbracula

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Dzobo. S Mutare

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Darrel Plowes
30 km S of Odzi, in Marange.

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Darrel Plowes
3km S of Gomira Dip Musikavanhu T.T.L Sabi valley

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Darrel Plowes
30 km South of Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Birchenough Bridge - Masvingo road about 25-30 km from Birchenough Bridge.

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Synonyms: Stapelia umbracula (M.D. Henderson) P.V. Heath
Stultitia umbracula M.D. Hend.
Common names:
Status: Native
Low-growing succulent perennial with mottled greyish branches. Flowers with corolla lobes strongly reflexed, clasping the pedicel, chocolate-brown, mottled or striped with yellow at the tips of the lobes, rarely rusty-brown. Corona lobes yellow, spreading.
Derivation of specific name: umbracula: umbrella-like, referring to the strongly reflexed corolla lobes.
Habitat: In drier granite sands in rocky areas or in Brachystegia woodland, in open areas or in the shade of small bushes.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Restricted to the lower parts of the Eastern Highlands as well as the Save-Limpopo lowveld.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 202.

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 158 - 160. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 308 - 310. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 178.

Leach, L.C. (1975). The Reinstatement of Orbea Haw. (Asclepiadaceae) Kirkia 10(1) Page 291.

Leach, L.C. (1978). A contribution towards a new classification of Stapelieae (Asclepiadaceae) with a preliminary review of Orbea Haw. and descriptions of three new genera Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 1 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 44 - 45. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 133.

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 21.

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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: Orbea umbracula.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146650, retrieved 24 January 2022

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