Brachystelma filifolium (N.E. Br.) Peckover

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Brachystelma filifolium

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Namaacha district, Maputo province.

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Synonyms: 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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachystelma filifolium
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Brachystelma filifolium., retrieved 22 January 2022

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