6870.000 Brachystelma R. Br.

MACROPETALUM Burch. ex Decne.

TENARIS E. Mey.

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

Dyer, R.A. (1980) Asclepiadaceae: Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia Flora of Southern Africa 27(4) 1 - 88

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Description of the genus

Usually dwarf, prostrate to erect, perennial herbs with a single tuber or a cluster of fusiform roots. Flowers in umbel-like inflorescences, terminal or lateral at the nodes. Corolla campanulate to ± flat; lobes spreading or united at tips to form a cage-like structure. Corona (1-)2-seriate; outer corona of distinct lobes; inner linear-oblong. Anthers horizontal, pressed onto style head. Follicles smooth, paired. Seeds with a narrow marginal wing, crowned with tuft of hairs.

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: 100 species in Africa with 1 species in India, New Guinea and Australia

Zambia: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
buchananii N.E. Br.?Description, Image
gracile E.A. BruceLkDescription
plocamoides Oliv.CCDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Brachystelma:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Brachystelma
Flora of Malawi: Brachystelma
Flora of Mozambique: Brachystelma
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brachystelma

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Brachystelma
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachystelma
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Brachystelma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brachystelma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachystelma

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Brachystelma.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1152, retrieved 17 September 2019

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