Asclepias palustris (K. Schum.) Schltr.

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Asclepias palustris

Picture: Penny English
Chelinda area just south of log house at old stables, Nyika National Park.

Asclepias palustris

Picture: Penny English
Chelinda area just south of log house at old stables, Nyika National Park.

Asclepias palustris

Picture: Penny English
Chelinda area just south of log house at old stables, Nyika National Park.

Asclepias palustris

Picture: Penny English
Chelinda area just south of log house at old stables, Nyika National Park.

Asclepias palustris

Picture: Penny English
Chelinda area just south of log house at old stables, Nyika National Park.

Asclepias palustris

Picture: Penny English
Chelinda area just south of log house at old stables, Nyika National Park.

Asclepias palustris

Upland miombo woodland
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias palustris

Upland miombo woodland
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias palustris

Upland miombo woodland
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias palustris

Upland miombo woodland
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias palustris

Upland miombo woodland
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias palustris

Upland miombo woodland
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Gomphocarpus cristatus Decne.
Gomphocarpus palustris K. Schum.
Trachycalymma cristatum (Decne.) Bullock
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb up to 60 cm tall growing from a vertical tuberous rootstock; most parts hairy to pubescent; stems usually solitary and unbranched, erect; leaves subsessile or with petiole up to 3 mm long, blade 3-8 x 0.1-1.3 cm, linear to lanceolate, venation prominent; inflorescences extra-axillary with 4-10 flowers in nodding umbel, peduncles 1-13 cm long and lengthening in fruit; calyx lobes 3-6 x 1-1.5 mm, lanceolate to broadly triangular, purple; corolla campanulate or occasionally reflexed, white or greenish, tinged with dull pink, lobes 5-8 x 3-5 mm, ovate; corona lobes cucullate but with a rounded tip making it appear subglobose, c. 3 mm long, white with purple tip; follicle erect, c. 5 x 0.5 cm, narrowly fusiform; seeds c. 0.4 x 0.3 cm, ovate.
Type location:
Angola
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: palustris: swampy or marshy, in reference to its typical habitat
Habitat: In montane and seasonally waterlogged grassland, occasionally in open woodland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Scattered in tropical Africa from Nigeria to Uganda in the north, and Angola to Zimbabwe in the south.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 February 2022
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 100 - 101. as Trachycalymma cristatum (Includes a picture).

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20. also as Gomphocarpus palustris

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 75. as Trachycalymma cristatum

Goyder, D.J. (2001). A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 134 - 137. as Trachycalymma cristatum (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 Pages 381 - 383.

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 22. as Trachycalymma cristatum

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 48. Trachycalymma cristatum

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Asclepias palustris.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145790, retrieved 25 May 2022

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