Brachystelma plocamoides Oliv.

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Brachystelma plocamoides

Picture: Douglas Laing
Lusaka NE, Hummels' farm

Brachystelma plocamoides

Lusaka SE; cultivated from seed from Chisamba, Wardy Farm; Dec 1996.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Brachystelma linearifolium Turrill
Brachystelma mortonii Walker
Brachystelma parviflorum Morton
Ceropegia plocamoides (Oliv.) Bruyns
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Status: Native
Herb c. 15 cm tall; glabrous, stem branched near the base; stems, pedicels and flowers uniform brown. Leaves linear. Flowers borne singly in leaf axils, initially separating along their sides while remaining joined at their tips, finally separating completely and opening out.
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Habitat: Open woodland on compacted bare soil.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C
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Content last updated: Wednesday 13 August 2014

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

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2018). An account of Ceropegia sect. Chamaesiphon (Apocynaceae) in Moçambique with new records and two new species Phytotaxa 364(2) Pages 127 - 128. As Ceropegia plocamoides (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.

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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: Brachystelma plocamoides., retrieved 21 May 2022

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