Glossostelma carsonii (N.E. Br.) Bullock

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Glossostelma carsonii

Dry to moist dambo in sandy loam soil
Lumwana area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Glossostelma carsonii

Dry to moist dambo in sandy loam soil
Lumwana area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Glossostelma carsonii

Dry to moist dambo in sandy loam soil
Lumwana area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Asclepias carsonii (N. E. Br.) Schltr.
Gomphocarpus chlorojodina K . Schum.
Schizoglossum carsonii (N. E. Br.) N. E. Br.
Schizoglossum chlorojodinum (K. Schum.) N. E. Br.
Schizoglossum kassneri S. Moore
Xysmalobium carsonii N. E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual stems growing from large underground tubers. Milky latex present. Leaves opposite, narrowly linear. Flowers in terminal umbels. Corolla saucer-shaped, cream, greenish or yellow, more or less densely mottled with maroon to purple; lobes recurved at the apex. Corona raised, yellow.
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Derivation of specific name: carsonii: named after Alexander Carson (1850-1896), British engineer and avid plant collector in Zambia.
Habitat: Rocky areas of Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Content last updated: Thursday 11 April 2019

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 21.

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. (Includes a picture).

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.

Goyder, D.J. (1995). Notes on the African genus Glossostelma Kew Bulletin 50 Pages 532 - 535. (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 325 - 327. (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 20.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 25.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 94, plate 128

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 47.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Glossostelma carsonii., retrieved 23 February 2024

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