Cryptolepis obtusa N.E. Br.

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Cryptolepis obtusa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Cryptolepis obtusa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

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Status: Native
A climber with milky sap. Stems and petioles often purple-brown. Leaves opposite, oblong, green above; much paler blue green below; apex obtuse to emarginate with a distinct mucro. Fruit consisting of a pair of narrowly linear-lanceolate follicles, spreading, pointed at the apex.
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Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 25.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

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 66.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 27.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cryptolepis obtusa
African Plant Database: Cryptolepis obtusa
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cryptolepis obtusa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cryptolepis obtusa
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Wikipedia: Cryptolepis obtusa

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cryptolepis obtusa., retrieved 19 May 2021

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