Stathmostelma fornicatum (N.E. Br.) Bullock
subsp. fornicatum

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Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Grant Reed
Savuti Marsh, Chobe National Park

Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Grant Reed
Savuti Marsh, Chobe National Park

Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum

Photo: Grant Reed
Savuti Marsh, Chobe National Park

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Synonyms: Asclepias fornicata N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual stems, growing from a large tuberous rootstock. Stem with milky latex, single, branching near the base, up to 60 cm tall, ascending or erect, hairless or minutely pubescent with short white hairs. Leaves opposite, linear, up to 8-20 cm long, minutely pubescent with stiff white hairs, particularly on the margin and the midrib. Flowers in terminal or extra-axillary 2-5-flowered erect umbels on a peduncle, up to 18 cm long. Corolla lobes spreading, greenish and hairless on the outside, chrome-yellow and minutely papillose inside. Corona lobes yellow or orange, erect, c. 1.5 times as tall as the column; lower margin extending with a tooth over the column; 1 or 2 small teeth present in the cavity of the corona lobes. Fruit a single follicle, fusiform, c. 11 × 0.6 cm, beaked, smooth, hairless when mature, erect on a straight pedicel.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Habitat: In seasonally waterlogged grassy areas in mopane or Acacia woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, just entering into Western Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls (Ncube 70).
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Friday 8 January 2021

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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 29.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum., retrieved 20 July 2024

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