Cryptolepis decidua (Benth.) N.E. Br.

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Synonyms: Curroria decidua Benth.
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Status: Native
A small shrubby suffrutex with erect stems, up to 1 m high and often stunted branchlets. Leaves opposite or clustered, oblong-elliptic or oblong-ovate, 1–4.5 cm long, slightly fleshy, hairless, light green, occasionally with purple spots, sub-sessile or petiole up to 2 mm long. Flowers solitary on stunted branchlets; pedicels 5–10 mm long, sometimes longer. Sepals oblong-ovate, 0.5–2.5 mm long; margin fimbriate. Corolla mauve purple to violet, hairless; tube shortly campanulate, 2–3 mm long; lobes spreading, linear-oblong, 6–9 mm long. Corona slightly exserted, lobes filiform, simple or occasionally bifid, 2–3 mm long. Follicles erect, widely spreading to horizontal, narrowly ovoid, 2.5–6.5 cm, finely ribbed, light brown.
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Habitat: On rocky hillsides and stony flats in desert and semi-desert areas, usually in sandy or calcareous soils.
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Page 21.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 11 - 12.

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

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: Species information: Cryptolepis decidua., retrieved 29 November 2022

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