Cynanchum praecox S. Moore

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Cynanchum praecox

Picture: Bart Wursten

Cynanchum praecox

Picture: Bart Wursten

Cynanchum praecox

Picture: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Cynanchum pygmaeum Schltr.
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Status: Native
Small perennial herb, less than 45 cm tall. Leaves linear, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate. Flowers in small terminal umbels, appearing at ground level before the leaves, olive-green, yellow-brown or brownish purple; corona white.
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Habitat: In woodland and grassland, usually flowering after fire.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2250 m
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Worldwide distribution: Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
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Content last updated: Saturday 29 August 2020

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 70.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 346 - 348.

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 20.

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

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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: Cynanchum praecox., retrieved 27 September 2023

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