Orbea huillensis (Hiern.) Bruyns
subsp. huillensis

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Orbea huillensis subsp. huillensis

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Synonyms: Caralluma gossweileri S. Moore
Caralluma huillensis Hiern
Caralluma tsumebensis Oberm.
Ceropegia huillensis (Hiern) Bruyns
Orbeopsis gossweileri (S. Moore) L.C. Leach
Orbeopsis huillensis (Hiern) L.C. Leach
Orbeopsis tsumebensis (Oberm.) L.C. Leach
Common names:
Status: Native
Succulent herb forming more or less diffuse clumps up to several meters in diameter. Stems decumbent, up to 50 cm long and up to 3 cm thick, grey-green marbled with reddish-purple; tubercles often forming continuous winged angles along the stems. Inflorescences 1-3 on younger stems from the base to near the apex, with 5-40 flowers emitting a strong, bad smell. Pedicels 10-45 mm long, horizontal to ascending. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, 5-9 mm long, recurved at the tips. Corolla star-shaped, 55-85 mm in diameter, Purplish to pale pink and smooth outside, cream towards the base; dark brown, maroon, dark purple or rarely yellow inside with transverse papillate bands; tube 5-7 mm long, somewhat thickened at the mouth; lobes narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 20-45 mm long and 5-9 mm wide at the base, convex; margins reflexed and set with maroon to white cilia.
Derivation of specific name: huillensis: of the Huilla region in Angola where the type was collected.
Habitat: Under shelter of shrubs and trees in dry woodland, often on fine sandy soils or soils overlaying calcrete.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, southern Zambia, Namibia, northwestern Botswana and western Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Endemic status:
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 194.

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 121 - 126. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 273 - 276. (Includes a picture).

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

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 219 - 220.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 114. (Includes a picture).

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 Page 68. As Orbeopsis huillensis

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 26.

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, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Orbea huillensis subsp. huillensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146680, retrieved 24 April 2024

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