Stathmostelma pauciflorum (Klotzsch) K. Schum.

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Stathmostelma pauciflorum

Moist to wet dambo in black muck soil
Ingwe area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Stathmostelma pauciflorum

Moist to wet dambo in black muck soil
Ingwe area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Stathmostelma pauciflorum

Moist to wet dambo in black muck soil
Ingwe area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Stathmostelma pauciflorum

Moist to wet dambo in black muck soil
Ingwe area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Asclepias reflexa (Britten & Rendle) Britten & Rendle
Gomphocarpus pauciflorus Klotzsch
Stathmostelma reflexum Britten & Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb with annual stems, growing from a vertical tuberous rootstock. Stem with milky latex, single, mostly unbranched, up to 1 m tall, pubescent with short white hairs. Leaves opposite, narrowly linear, up to 14 cm long with stiff white hairs, particularly on the margin and the midrib below. Flowers in terminal or occasionally extra-axillary 3-7(-12)-flowered erect umbels on a peduncle, 7-30 cm long. Corolla lobes orange to purple-red, strongly reflexed, hairless outside, minutely papillose inside. Corona lobes yellow to bright orange, erect and somewhat fleshy, folded; lower margin with a tooth arching over the column. No tooth in the cavity of the corona lobes. Fruit a single follicle, fusiform, c. 8 × 0.5 cm, smooth, hairless, erect on a straight pedicel.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: pauciflorum: few-flowered
Habitat: In seasonally waterlogged grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,E,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 May 2019

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

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 22. also as Stathmostelma reflexum

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 27.

Goyder, D.J. (1998). A revision of the African genus Stathmostelma K. Schum. Kew Bulletin 53 Pages 606 - 612.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 289 - 290.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 26.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Stathmostelma pauciflorum., retrieved 4 February 2023

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