Asclepias fulva N.E. Br.

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Asclepias fulva

Photo: David Chuba
Mbisi forest, 5km from Sumbuwanga, Tanzania

Asclepias fulva

Photo: David Chuba
Mbisi forest, 5km from Sumbuwanga, Tanzania

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Synonyms: Asclepias viridiflora E. Mey.
Pachycarpus fulvus (N. E. Br.) Bullock
Pachycarpus viridiflorus E. Mey.
Xysmalobium viridiflorum (E. Mey.) D. Dietr.
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Status: Native
Robust erect perennial herb with an annual stem growing from a tuberous taproot. Stem unbranched covered in short rusty velvety hairs, milky latex present. Leaves opposite, elliptic-ovate, up to c. 6 × 2 cm, pointed at the apex, with short rusty velvety hairs on both surfaces; petiole very short. Inflorescences several, in upper leaf axils, umbelliform, up to 8-flowered. Flowers c. 2.5 cm in diameter; corolla lobes spreading or somewhat reflexed, rusty-brown outside, dull-orange inside. Corona large and erect greenish-yellow, marked with purple and a narrow, raised, purple rim.
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Habitat: Open grassland and Brachystegia or mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, eastern South Africa and Lesotho.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Sunday 30 October 2011

Goyder, D.J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 Page 381.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 267.

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.

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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: Asclepias fulva., retrieved 5 March 2024

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