Australluma ubomboensis (I. Verd.) Bruyns

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Australluma ubomboensis

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Synonyms: Angolluma ubomboensis (Verdoorn) Plowes
Caralluma ubomboensis I. Verd.
Orbea umomboensis (I. Verd.) Bruyns
Pachycymbium ubomboensis (I. Verd.) M.G. Gilbert
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Status: Native
Succulent perennial herb with dull green ascending stems up to c. 4 cm high forming small clumps 3-10 cm wide. Flowers 2-3 together at or near the tips of the stems, erect on pedicels 3-5 mm long. Corolla dark purple inside 9-12 mm in diameter; lobes ovate horizontally spreading or recurved, wrinkly-velvety inside. Corona dark purple c. 4 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: ubomboensis: of the Ubombo (Lebombo) area in Eastern South Africa.
Habitat: Usually on rocky outcrops, in crevices or hill sides, sometimes in wet seepage areas in shallow soils overlying rock or in leaf litter on sandy soils in dry woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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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. As Orbea umomboensis

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 37 - 40. as Orbea ubomboensis (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 63 - 65. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 26. As Pachycymbium ubomboense

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

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. as Orbea ubomboensis

Plowes, D.C.H. (1993). The taxonomy of the Genera Pachycymbium Leach and Angolluma Munster (Stapelieae: Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa 16 Pages 119 - 120. as Angolluma ubomboensis (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 586 - 587. as Pachycymbium ubomboense (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Australluma ubomboensis., retrieved 28 November 2021

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