Cotyledon barbeyi Schweinf. ex Baker

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Cotyledon barbeyi

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Matendere Ruins area, Buhera District

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Synonyms: Cotyledon wickensii Schönland var. rhodesica Schönland ex Jacobs
Common names: Pig's ear (English)
Status: Native
Succulent shrub up to 2(-4) m tall. Stems branching from the base and leafless almost up to the base of the peduncle. Leaves decussate, lamina 2.5-10 × 3-6.5 cm, obovate to oblong-obovate or subcircular, fleshy, glabrous, glaucous tinged with red. Inflorescence a cyme, up to 20 cm in diameter. Flowers pendulous. Calyx glandular-pubescent; lobes 6-10 mm long. Corolla 2.5-3.7 cm, deep red, orange-red or coral-red, glandular-pubescent; tube strongly swollen and 5-angled below and contracted above the sepals.Nectar-scales oblong, tubular above, widened and irregularly lobed at the margin.
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Habitat: In rocky places
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Worldwide distribution: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, East Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 5 April 2014

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 71 - 72.

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 37.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cotyledon barbeyi., retrieved 20 June 2024

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