Orbea melanantha (Schltr.) Bruyns

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Synonyms: Caralluma australis Nel
Caralluma leendertziae N.E. Br.
Caralluma melanantha (Schltr.) N.E. Br.
Caralluma melanantha (Schltr.) N.E. Br. var. sousae Gomes& Sousa
Caralluma rubiginosa Werderm.
Ceropegia melanantha (Schltr.) Bruyns
Orbeopsis karibensis Plowes
Orbeopsis melanantha (Schltr.) L.C. Leach
Orbeopsis rubra Plowes
Orbeopsis sousae (Gomes & Sousa) Plowes
Stapelia furcata N.E. Br.
Stapelia melanantha Schltr.
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Status: Native
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In sandy soils in Acacia or Brachystegia woodland, sometimes in stony ground or in shallow soils over granite.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 120. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 106 - 108. (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.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 216 - 217.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Orbea melanantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=185220, retrieved 9 December 2023

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