Asclepias cucullata (Schltr.) Schltr.
subsp. scabrifolia (S. Moore) Goyder

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Asclepias cucullata subsp. scabrifolia

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Asclepias cucullata subsp. scabrifolia

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Globe Rock

Asclepias cucullata subsp. scabrifolia

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Red Wall Cave to Paradise Pool, Chimanimani

Asclepias cucullata subsp. scabrifolia

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave to Paradise Pool, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Asclepias scabrifolia S. Moore
Common names: Hooded meadow-star (English)
Status: Native
See subsp cucullata for general description. This subspecies, replacing subsp. cucullata in the Eastern border areas from Vumba to the Chimanimani Mts, can be distinguished by the smaller flowers and shorter corona lobes but it mainly differs in having papillae covering most of the cavity of the corona lobes, while in subsp. cucullata these are restricted to a narrow band at the base of the lobe.
Derivation of specific name: cucullata: hooded, referring to the outer corona lobes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: from Vumba to Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe and nearby areas in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Friday 21 November 2008

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 80.

Goyder, D.J. (2001). A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 Page 159.

Goyder, D.J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 Pages 395 - 396.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 277.

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 19.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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Flora of Mozambique: Asclepias cucullata subsp. scabrifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asclepias cucullata
African Plant Database: Asclepias cucullata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asclepias cucullata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asclepias cucullata
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iNaturalist: Asclepias cucullata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asclepias cucullata
JSTOR Plant Science: Asclepias cucullata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asclepias cucullata
Plants of the World Online: Asclepias cucullata
Tropicos: Asclepias cucullata
Wikipedia: Asclepias cucullata

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: Asclepias cucullata subsp. scabrifolia., retrieved 30 May 2024

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