Ceropegia filifolia (Schltr.) Bruyns

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Ceropegia filifolia

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Namaacha district, Maputo province.

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Synonyms: Brachystelma filifolium (N.E. Br.) Peckover
Macropetalum filifolium Schltr.
Tenaris filifolia N.E. Br.
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Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herb growing from a depressed-globose tuber, 3-4 cm in diameter. Stems wiry up to 75 cm tall, mostly erect but often drooping apically, hairless. Leaves opposite, sessile, narrowly linear, 3-8 cm long, mostly ascending. Flowers sessile or shortly pedunculate, 1-2 together, together often forming branched racemose inflorescences. Corolla lobes filiform, c .8 mm long from a pinkish, ovate base; corona greenish-purple, hairless. Flowers inconspicuous but very sweetly fragrant.
Derivation of specific name: filifolium filiform, needle-like, referring to the very narrowly linear, grass-like leaves.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Tuesday 7 February 2017

Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 29. as Brachystelma filifolium

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 160 - 162. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ceropegia filifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ceropegia filifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ceropegia filifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ceropegia filifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Ceropegia filifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ceropegia filifolia
Plants of the World Online: Ceropegia filifolia
Tropicos: Ceropegia filifolia
Wikipedia: Ceropegia filifolia

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: Ceropegia filifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=228400, retrieved 2 March 2024

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