Orbea carnosa (Stent) Bruyns
subsp. keithii (R.A. Dyer) Bruyns

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Orbea carnosa subsp. keithii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Namaacha district, Maputo province

Orbea carnosa subsp. keithii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Namaacha district, Maputo province

Orbea carnosa subsp. keithii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Namaacha district, Maputo province

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Synonyms: Caralluma keithii R.A. Dyer
Pachycymbium keithii (R.A. Dyer) L.C. Leach
Common names:
Status: Native
Dwarf succulent perennial forming clumps 6-50 cm in diameter, connected by horizontal rhizomes. Stems 4-15 cm long, erect to spreading, grey-green, sometimes mottled with red or purple. Inflorescences up to 6 per stem, 1-3-flowered. Corolla 10-20 mm in diameter, yellow or maroon to pale brown or maroon with irregular cream markings; lobes broadly triangular, 3-5 mm long and 6-8 mm broad at the base. Corona 3-4 mm tall and 4 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: keithii: named after Donald Robert Keith (1896-1966) agriculturist in Swaziland who collected the type material.
Habitat: In open stony ground or in shelter of shrubs in Mopane, Acacia or Brachystegia woodland. Occasionally on granite domes with Selaginella or Coleochloa.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Images last updated: Wednesday 26 October 2016

Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 189. as Orbea carnosa (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 87 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 249 - 253. (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.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Orbea carnosa subsp. keithii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146710, retrieved 19 February 2018

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