Asclepias aurea (Schltr.) Schltr.

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Asclepias aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam; below dam wall

Asclepias aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam; below dam wall

Asclepias aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam; below dam wall

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Synonyms: Gomphocarpus aureus (Schltr.) Schltr.
Common names: Golden star-drops (English)
Slender, sparsely branched erect herb with annual stems, up to 55 cm tall, growing from a perennial rootstock. Leaves narrowly linear up to 8.5 cm long; margin distinctly rolled under. Flowers in 3-7-flowered umbels on a long peduncle. Corolla lobes dull yellow, purple-red on the outside. Corona normally golden yellow, outer lobes spreading, tapering to a long point.
Derivation of specific name: aurea: golden
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southeastern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Northwest, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
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Goyder, D.J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 Page 395.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 276.

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 19.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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Flora of Zambia: Asclepias aurea
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asclepias aurea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asclepias aurea
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Asclepias aurea., retrieved 27 January 2023

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