Raphionacme pulchella Venter & R.L. Verh.

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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to 25 cm high. Leaves opposite, sessile, ascending, linear, 5-10 cm long, sparsely pubescent on both surfaces or sometimes hairless below. Flowers in branched heads in the upper leaf axils, densely pubescent. Corolla lobes ovate, c. 4 × 2 mm, violet, hairless. Corona lobes fleshy, 3-segmented; central segment 3-4 mm long; lateral segments 0.5-1.5 mm long, hairless. Fruit not known.
Notes: The distribution of this species is still poorly known. It may be more widespread than records suggest.
Derivation of specific name: pulchella: beautiful
Habitat: In grassland and Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Border Mts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe but also on the Central Watershead Plateau near Harare.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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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., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 44.

Venter, H.J.T. (2009). A Taxonomic revision of Raphionacme (Apocynaceae: Periplocoideae) South African Journal of Botany 75(2) Pages 333 - 335.

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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: Raphionacme pulchella.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=184400, retrieved 30 May 2024

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