Gomphocarpus tomentosus Burch.
subsp. tomentosus

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Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands

Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands

Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands

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Synonyms: Asclepias burchellii Schltr.
Asclepias lanata (E. Mey.) Druce
Gomphocarpus lanatus E. Mey.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial herb, up to c. 1.5 m tall. Stems erect, branched, woody near the base; young branches densely tomentose. Leaves opposite, linear, up to c. 12 cm long, tapering to a point at the apex, minutely pubescent above tomentose below; margin slightly rolled under. Flowers in extra-axillary, 3-6-flowered nodding umbels. Corolla lobes reflexed, yellow-brown or green, often tinged pink and tomentose on the outside. Corona lobes attached less than 1 mm above the base of the staminal column, white or cream, laterally compressed, as tall as the column. Follicle erect on a twisted pedicel, ovoid, tapering to a long pointed beak, sometimes subspherical without a beak, tomentose when young, soft bristles in lines along the surface.
Derivation of specific name: tomentosus: tomentose, densely woolly
Habitat: In open or disturbed areas, mostly on sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 17 January 2017

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Goyder, D.J. & Nicholas, A. (2001). A revision of Gomphocarpus R. Br. Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 807 - 809.

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Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 56. (Includes a picture).

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 20.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 27.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gomphocarpus tomentosus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gomphocarpus tomentosus
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Wikipedia: Gomphocarpus tomentosus

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: Gomphocarpus tomentosus subsp. tomentosus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145740, retrieved 12 July 2024

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