6870.000 Brachystelma R. Br.

MACROPETALUM Burch. ex Decne.


Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

Dyer, R.A. (1980) Asclepiadaceae: Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia Flora of Southern Africa 27(4) 1 - 88

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Description of the genus

Usually dwarf, prostrate to erect, perennial herbs with a single tuber or a cluster of fusiform roots. Flowers in umbel-like inflorescences, terminal or lateral at the nodes. Corolla campanulate to ± flat; lobes spreading or united at tips to form a cage-like structure. Corona (1-)2-seriate; outer corona of distinct lobes; inner linear-oblong. Anthers horizontal, pressed onto style head. Follicles smooth, paired. Seeds with a narrow marginal wing, crowned with tuft of hairs.

Comment: More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). We will await a broader form of acceptance of this new concept before changing the taxonomy in our database.
Two new species from Mozambique, recently described by Peter Bruyns, were named under Ceropegia but in the old concept used here would fall under Brachystelma. They have been provisionally added here as B. sp. nov. 1 and B. sp. nov. 2.

Worldwide: 100 species in Africa with 1 species in India, New Guinea and Australia

Mozambique: 11 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albipilosum A. Lancaster ex PeckoverN
buchananii N.E. Br.ZDescription, Image
circinatum E. Mey.N,ZDescription, Image
cupulatum R.A. Dyer[NrEnd?]M
filifolium (N.E. Br.) PeckoverMDescription, Image
nutans Bruyns[End]Z
plocamoides Oliv.MSDescription, Image
simplex Schltr.[End]N,Z,GI
sp. nov. 1 (as Ceropegia cyperifolia)[End]N
sp. nov. 2 (as Ceropegia gracilidens)[End]N
tavalla K. Schum.NDescription

Other sources of information about Brachystelma:

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Flora of Botswana: Brachystelma
Flora of Malawi: Brachystelma
Flora of Zambia: Brachystelma
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brachystelma

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Brachystelma
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachystelma
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Brachystelma
Wikipedia: Brachystelma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brachystelma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachystelma

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Brachystelma.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1152, retrieved 25 May 2022

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