Orbea halipedicola L.C. Leach

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Orbea halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa national Park.

Orbea halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa national Park.

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Ceropegia halipedicola (L.C.Leach) Bruyns
Orbea halipedicola L.C. Leach subsp. septentrionalis L.C. Leach
Stapelia halipedicola (L.C.Leach) P.V. Heath
Stapelia halipedicola (L.C.Leach) P.V. Heath var. borealis P.V. Heath
Common names:
Frequency: Local and occasional
Status: Native
Succulent perennial herb. Stems fleshy, up to 20 cm long, simple or branched from the base, decumbent to sub-erect, green, 4-ribbed with opposite, fleshy soft, spine-like leaves. Flowers arising from near the base lying flat on the ground, star-shaped, corolla lobes spreading, fleshy maroon with cream to golden-yellow streaks; corona raised; outer lobes dark purple-black; inner lobes golden-yellow with maroon-red markings, pointing inward. Fruit in paired follicles.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In shade of bushes in Mopane and Hyphaene dominated woodland, often in almost bare slightly sodic patches.
Altitude range: 20 - 200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Sofala Province, Central Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Content last updated: Monday 28 November 2011

Bruyns, P.V. (2002). Monograph of Orbea and Ballyanthus (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Systematic Botany Monographs 63 Pages 131 - 134. (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 80.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 221.

Leach, L.C. (1978). A contribution towards a new classification of Stapelieae (Asclepiadaceae) with a preliminary review of Orbea Haw. and descriptions of three new genera Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 1 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 40 - 44. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Orbea halipedicola
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Orbea halipedicola
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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 halipedicola.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=185230, retrieved 25 February 2024

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