Cryptolepis capensis Schltr.

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Cryptolepis capensis

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Buffelskloof Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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Status: Uncertain (see note)
A deciduous climber with slender twining stems, up to 7 m long, verrucose, hairless except for interpetiolar ridges. Leaves opposite, elliptic, rarely obovate, 5–6 cm long, rarely longer, dark green above, pale green beneath, hairless; petiole 8–13 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, open, few-flowered, hairless. Sepals ovate, 3 mm long. Corolla white to greenish-white; tube campanulate, 2–5 mm long; lobes reflexed, linear-ovate, 5–11 mm long. Corona of lower whorl only, lobes deltoid to awl-shaped, 0.8–1.0 mm long, white to greenish-white. Follicles pendulous, narrowly spreading, cylindrically ovoid, falcate, 12–20 cm long.
Notes: Although this species has not yet been recorded from Mozambique it is very likely to occur since it has been recorded very close to the border in the Lemombo Mts and is generally common and widespread thoughout eastern South Africa.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape South Africa).
Habitat: Along margins and in clearings of montane and coastal forests.
Altitude range: 50 - 1000 m
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Worldwide distribution: South Africa an very likely in Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: ?M
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Content last updated: Monday 24 May 2021

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cryptolepis capensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cryptolepis capensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cryptolepis capensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cryptolepis capensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cryptolepis capensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cryptolepis capensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cryptolepis capensis
iNaturalist: Cryptolepis capensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cryptolepis capensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cryptolepis capensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cryptolepis capensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cryptolepis capensis
Plants of the World Online: Cryptolepis capensis
Tropicos: Cryptolepis capensis
Wikipedia: Cryptolepis capensis

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: Cryptolepis capensis., retrieved 7 October 2022

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