Brachystelma plocamoides Oliv.

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Brachystelma plocamoides

Photo: Douglas Laing
Lusaka NE, Hummels' farm

Brachystelma plocamoides

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, cultivated at Protea Hill Farm from seed collected Chisamba, Wardy Farm.

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Synonyms: Brachystelma linearifolium Turrill
Brachystelma mortonii Walker
Brachystelma parviflorum Morton
Ceropegia plocamoides (Oliv.) Bruyns
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Status: Native
Procumbent perennial with dividing annual stems, up to 25 cm long, growing from a tuber. Leaves erect, linear, up to 80 × 10 mm. Flowers axillary, mostly solitary. Corolla flat and wheel-shaped, velvety, dark red, orange-grey in the centre; lobes c. 10 × 3 mm folded along the length. Outer corona lobes deeply 2-fid longer than the gymnostegium; inner lobes short.
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Habitat: Open woodland on compacted bare soil.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20.

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2018). An account of Ceropegia sect. Chamaesiphon (Apocynaceae) in Moçambique with new records and two new species Phytotaxa 364(2) Pages 127 - 128. As Ceropegia plocamoides (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.

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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: Species information: Brachystelma plocamoides., retrieved 2 July 2022

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