Stathmostelma spectabile (N.E. Br.) Schltr.
subsp. spectabile

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Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Helen Barrett
Ziwa ruins, Nyanga

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Helen Barrett
Ziwa ruins, Nyanga

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Karoi-Chirundu road near Makuti.

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Karoi-Chirundu road near Makuti.

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Karoi-Chirundu road near Makuti.

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Karoi-Chirundu road near Makuti.

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Karoi-Chirundu road near Makuti.

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Karoi-Chirundu road near Makuti.

Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile

Photo: Alex Hangartner
Kildonan Siding on Mapinga Road

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Synonyms: Asclepias spectabilis N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with annual stems, growing from a vertical tuberous rootstock. Stems several, with milky latex, mostly unbranched, up to 50-150 cm tall, erect, densely pubescent with short white hairs. Leaves opposite, petiolate, elliptic-oblong to ovate, up to 10-24 cm long, densely covered with white spreading hairs on both surfaces. Flowers in extra-axillary 4-12-flowered erect umbels on a peduncle 3-10 cm long. Corolla lobes spreading, hairless or pubescent towards the tip on the outside, minutely papillose inside. Corona lobes erect, 8-12 mm long, somewhat fleshy, concave and rounded at the apex, often with a tooth in the cavity of the corona lobes. Fruit a single follicle, ovoid to fusiform, beaked, smooth or slightly ridged longitudinally, densely pubescent, erect on a straight pedicel.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: spectabile: spectacular
Habitat: In seasonally waterlogged grassy areas in mixed deciduous or Brachystegia woodland, often on rocky ground or limestone.
Altitude range: 600 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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Content last updated: Saturday 11 February 2017
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 100 - 101. (Includes a picture).

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 22.

Goyder, D.J. (1998). A revision of the African genus Stathmostelma K. Schum. Kew Bulletin 53 Pages 583 - 585.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 48.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Stathmostelma spectabile
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Stathmostelma spectabile
The Plant List (version 1.1): Stathmostelma spectabile
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Stathmostelma spectabile subsp. spectabile.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145950, retrieved 26 June 2017

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