Stapelia kwebensis N. E. Br.

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Stapelia kwebensis

Photo: Lewis Walter
Marange South Communal Land, Save Valley

Stapelia kwebensis

Photo: Lewis Walter
Davata Area, Lower Mwenezi District.

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Synonyms: Ceropegia longipedicellata (A. Berger) Bruyns
G longipedicellatus (A. Berger) P.V. Heath
Gonostemon kwebensis (N.E.Br.) P.V. Heath
Stapelia kwebensis N. E. Br. var. longipedicellata A. Berger
Stapelia longipedicellata (A. Berger) N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Compact, erect, clump-forming succulent perennial, up to 15 cm. Stems 4-angled or 4-ribbed, tapering at the apex, more or less erect, pubescent, grey-green with tuberculate teeth along the angles. Leaves up to 7 mm, pubescent, narrowly acute with conspicuous pale stipular glands. Flowers subsessile, facing outwards along the stems. Corolla wheel-shaped, or with lobes somewhat reflexed, 15-35 mm in diameter, variably pubescent on the outside and on the apical part of the lobes, otherwise mostly hairless. Lobes ovate-acuminate, convex to slightly reflexed, wrinkled transversely, yellow-brown to dark brown, sometimes tinged greenish. Corona raised inside the shallowly cup-shaped centre of the flower; outer lobes oblong; inner lobes shorter than the anthers.
Derivation of specific name: kwebensis: of the Kwebe Hills near Lake Ngami, Botswana, where the type was collected.
Habitat: On alluvial soils in dry wooded areas, often in the shade of Acacia scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume II Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 427 - 430. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 171.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 195 - 196.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 22.

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: Stapelia kwebensis., retrieved 26 May 2024

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