Glossostelma carsonii (N.E. Br.) Bullock

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Glossostelma carsonii

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Mt Ribaue

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Common names: Maroon milkweed (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual stems growing from large underground tubers. Milky latex present. Leaves opposite, narrowly linear. Flowers in terminal umbels. Corolla saucer-shaped, cream, greenish or yellow, more or less densely mottled with maroon to purple; lobes recurved at the apex. Corona raised, yellow.
Derivation of specific name: carsonii: named after Alexander Carson (1850-1896), British engineer and avid plant collector in Zambia.
Habitat: Rocky areas of Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: N,MS (other?)
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Content last updated: Friday 5 February 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 21.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 70. (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 25.

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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 94, plate 128

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 47.

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Flora of Malawi: Glossostelma carsonii
Flora of Zambia: Glossostelma carsonii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Glossostelma carsonii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Glossostelma carsonii
African Plant Database: Glossostelma carsonii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Glossostelma carsonii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Glossostelma carsonii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Glossostelma carsonii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Glossostelma carsonii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Glossostelma carsonii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Glossostelma carsonii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Glossostelma carsonii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Glossostelma carsonii
JSTOR Plant Science: Glossostelma carsonii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Glossostelma carsonii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Glossostelma carsonii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Glossostelma carsonii
Tropicos: Glossostelma carsonii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Glossostelma carsonii., retrieved 23 July 2019

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