Orbea umbracula (M.D. Hend.) L.C. Leach

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Orbea umbracula

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Dzobo. S Mutare

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Darrel Plowes
30 km S of Odzi, in Marange.

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Darrel Plowes
3km S of Gomira Dip Musikavanhu T.T.L Sabi valley

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Darrel Plowes
30 km South of Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Orbea umbracula

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Birchenough Bridge - Masvingo road about 25-30 km from Birchenough Bridge.

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Synonyms: Stapelia umbracula (M.D. Henderson) P.V. Heath
Stultitia umbracula M.D. Hend.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare and local
Status: Native
Low-growing succulent perennial with mottled greyish branches. Flowers with corolla lobes strongly reflexed, clasping the pedicel, chocolate-brown, mottled or striped with yellow at the tips of the lobes, rarely rusty-brown. Corona lobes yellow, spreading.
Notes: Known from several collections near the mouth of the Save River, more than 200km East of the known Zimbabwean localities.
Derivation of specific name: umbracula: umbrella-like, referring to the strongly reflexed corolla lobes.
Habitat: In leaflitter of Baikaea plurijuga or Androstachys johnstonii forest
Altitude range: 20 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Restricted to the lower parts of the Eastern Highlands as well as the Save-Limpopo lowveld.
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Sunday 6 November 2011

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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 14. SABONET. Pretoria. Page 178.

Leach, L.C. (1975). The Reinstatement of Orbea Haw. (Asclepiadaceae) Kirkia 10(1) Page 291.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 133.

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 21.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Orbea umbracula.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146650, retrieved 17 March 2018

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