Pergularia daemia (Forssk.) Chiov.
subsp. daemia

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Pergularia daemia subsp. daemia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Community Forest Camp, Moribane Forest

Pergularia daemia subsp. daemia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Pergularia daemia subsp. daemia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Pergularia daemia subsp. daemia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

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Synonyms: Asclepias daemia Forssk.
Daemia extensa R. Br.
Pergularia extensa N.E. Br.
Common names: Trellis-vine (English)
Status: Native
Perennial twining herb with milky sap. Stems up to 4 m or more, covered in soft hairs. Leaves heart-shaped, hairy, cordate at the base. Flowers in axillary pseudo-umbels on long peduncles, pendulous opening in the evening. Corolla creamy-white or greenish, sometimes tinged purple; lobes fringed with long spreading hairs. Fruit paired follicles, 5-7.5 cm long, erect, covered in recurved bristles.
Derivation of specific name: daemia: from the Arabic vernacular name.
Habitat: In woodland and riverine forest fringes.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa and India.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M (other?)
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Danaus chrysippus aegyptius (Food plant)
Tirumala petiverana (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 18 July 2012

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 118. As Pergularia daemia (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Page 60. as Pergularia daemia

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 75.

Goyder, D.J. (2006). A revision of the genus Pergularia L. (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) Kew Bulletin 61 Pages 249 - 251.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 232 - 234. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 75. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 58. (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. as Pergularia daemia

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

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 48.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Pergularia daemia subsp. daemia., retrieved 1 December 2023

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