Orbea variegata (L.) Haw.

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Orbea variegata

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Orbea variegata

Photo: Martin Heigan

Orbea variegata

Photo: Martin Heigan

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Synonyms: Stapelia variegata L
Common names:
Status: Doubtfully recorded in Zimbabwe as a naturalized escape??
Succulent perennial forming usually small clumps up to 20 cm in diameter, rarely larger. Stems decumbent, 25-100 mm long, geen mottled with purple-brown. Inflorescences 1 per stem with 1-3 flowers on pedicels 20-60 mm long ascending at the apex holding the flower horizontal. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, 5-8 mm long; corolla 45-80 mm in diameter, smooth and pale-creamy-green outside becoming veined with red-purple towards the tips of the lobes; cream to greenish-yellow inside variously spotted with purple-brown, usually less so on the raised annulus.
Notes: Introduced? Since marked with an asterisk in Goyder (2007).
Derivation of specific name: variegata: irregularly coloured, blotched
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Worldwide distribution: Native in South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Pages 203 - 204. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 170 - 174. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 319 - 322. (Includes a picture).

Leach, L.C. (1975). The Reinstatement of Orbea Haw. (Asclepiadaceae) Kirkia 10(1) Page 290.

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 14 - 18. (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 21.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 28.

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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: Orbea variegata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146660, retrieved 29 November 2023

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