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
Description:
Many-stemmed climber with milky sap and twining stems 3-5 m long, often purple-brown. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic, oblong-obovate, 3-9 cm long, green above; much paler blue-green beneath; apex obtuse to emarginate with a distinct mucro; petioles 4–10 mm long, often purple-brown. Inflorescences axillary, lax to sub-compact, few to many-flowered, hairless. Sepals broadly ovate, 1.5–2 mm long. Corolla creamy-yellow; tube campanulate, 1.5–2 mm long, with papillose spots; lobes linear to linear-ovate, 6–8 mm long. Corona double; lower whorl of clavate lobes, c. 1 mm long; upper whorl of sinus pockets. Fruit consisting of a pair of narrowly linear-lanceolate follicles, horizontally spreading, pointed at the apex, horisontally opposite, cylindrical-ovoid, 8–15 cm long.
Type location:
Mozambique
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: obtusa: bluntly rounded or obtuse, referring to the leaf apices.
Habitat: In bushland, savanna, wasteland, grassland and low shrubby vegetation.
Altitude range: Up to 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E,S
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Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
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Literature:

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.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(3) Pages 14 - 16. (Includes a picture).

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 24.

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
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cryptolepis obtusa
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cryptolepis obtusa
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JSTOR Plant Science: Cryptolepis obtusa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cryptolepis obtusa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cryptolepis obtusa
Plants of the World Online: Cryptolepis obtusa
Tropicos: Cryptolepis obtusa
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.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145300, retrieved 5 December 2021

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