Tridentea Haw.

Bruyns, P.V. (2005) Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume II Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Dwarf tufted succulents, forming compact clumps, rarely slightly rhizomatous. Stems decumbent, obtusely angled, softly fleshy, smooth, glabrous to the naked eye. Leaves caducous leaving a whitish scar, subtended by a patch of stipular hairs. Inflorescence glabrous, 1 per stem, arising near base of the stem with 1-5 flowers developing in gradual succession on a stout gradually lengthening peduncle. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla rotate to campanulate, usually lobed. Corona 2-seriate arising from the staminal column. Follicles slender, mottled with purple.

Comment: More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). We will await a broader form of acceptance of this new concept before changing the taxonomy in our database.

Worldwide: 8 species in southern Africa

Botswana: 1 taxon.

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marientalensis (Nel) L. C. Leach subsp. marientalensis SWDescription, Image

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tridentea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tridentea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tridentea
Wikipedia: Tridentea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tridentea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tridentea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Tridentea., retrieved 26 May 2022

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