Orbea valida (N.E. Br.) Bruyns
subsp. valida

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Orbea valida subsp. valida

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Lupane District, Western side.

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Synonyms: Caralluma valida N.E. Br.
Ceropegia valida (N.E.Br.) Bruyns
Orbeopsis valida (N.E. Br.) L.C. Leach
Common names:
Status: Native
Succulent perennial forming clumps up to 1 m in diameter. Stems decumbent, 40-200 mm long, grey-green marbled with reddish purple, often rooting when touching the ground. Inflorescence 1-3 on the younger stems at the base to near the apex, with 20-40 foul smelling flowers. Pedicels 10-15 mm long. Sepals 8-9 mm long bent outwards at the tips. Corolla dark purple-maroon c. 6 cm in diameter with a rough papillate surface; 2-6 mm long, somewhat thickened at the mouth; lobes ovate-lanceolate, 15-20 mm and 5-9 mm wide at the base, with scattered cilia along the margins.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dry open woodland, often in mopane.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Pages 202 - 203.

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 126 - 128. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 277 - 279. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Page 122.

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) Pages 220 - 221.

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 67. As Orbeopsis valida

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. as Orbea valida

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Flora of Botswana: Orbea valida subsp. valida
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Orbea valida
African Plant Database: Orbea valida
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Orbea valida
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Orbea valida
Plants of the World Online: Orbea valida
Tropicos: Orbea valida
Wikipedia: Orbea valida

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 valida subsp. valida.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146700, retrieved 15 June 2024

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