Orbea rogersii (L. Bolus) Bruyns

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Orbea rogersii

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Limpopo river valley, Gaza province.

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Synonyms: Angolluma rogersii (L. Bolus) Plowes
Caralluma rogersii (L. Bolus) E.A. Bruce & R.A. Dyer
Ceropegia rogersii (L. Bolus) Bruyns
Pachycymbium rogersii (L. Bolus) M.G. Gilbert
Stapelia rogersii L. Bolus
Common names:
Frequency: Probably rare in Mozambique
Status: Native
Succulent perennial herb with stems up to 10 cm high, forming clumps up to 50 cm in diameter. Inflorescences 1-8 per stem, mainly in the upper half. Flowers 1-several developing in succesion, 25-35 mm in diameter, usually not expanding fully, deeply and narrowly lobed, smooth and pale green outside with a few darker veins, pale greenish-yellow to white inside with transparent, clavate cilia up to 2.5 mm long along the lower margins. Corona 8-10 mm high, cream, raised above the corolla tube on a stype c. 1 mm long.
Notes: The specimen in the image appears to be the first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: rogersii: named after Archdeacon Frederick Arundel Rogers (1876-1944), British-born South African botanist and missionary and plant collector in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Belgian Congo and Rhodesia
Habitat: In open Acacia or Mopane woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, southern Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI
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Content last updated: Friday 7 October 2016

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 160 - 162. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 310 - 312. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 162. as Pachycymbium rogersii

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 226 - 227. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 201. (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 21.

Plowes, D.C.H. (1993). The taxonomy of the Genera Pachycymbium Leach and Angolluma Munster (Stapelieae: Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa 16 Page 120. as Angolluma rogersii

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 28.

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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: Orbea rogersii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146730, retrieved 19 June 2024

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