Riocreuxia polyantha Schltr.

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Riocreuxia polyantha

Lusaka SE, grown from seed Lusaka West; Feb 2011.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Riocreuxia polyantha

Lusaka SE, grown from seed Lusaka West; Dec 1998.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Riocreuxia polyantha

Picture: Douglas Laing
Lya, Luanshya.

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Synonyms: Ceropegia burchellii (K. Schum.) Huber subsp. profusa (N.E.Br.) Huber
Ceropegia burchellii (K. Schum.) H. Huber
Riocreuxia burchellii K. Schum.
Riocreuxia flanaganii Schltr. subsp. segregata R.A. Dyer
Riocreuxia profusa N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Strong climber or liane. Stems with clear latex. Leaves opposite, heart-shaped. Flowers in many-flowered branched heads. Corolla with a white tube and yellow to pale orange slender lobes, united at the apices, forming a cage.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: polyantha: many-flowered
Habitat: At margins of montane evergreen forest and dambo termite mounds.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,Lk
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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. as Ceropegia burchellii subsp. profusa, Riocreuxia burchellii and R. profusa

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 73. as Riocreuxia profusa (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 86 - 88. (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 22. as Riocreuxia profusa

Masinde, P.S. (2005). A revision of the African genus Riocreuxia Decne. (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Kew Bulletin 60(3) Pages 412 - 415. (Includes a picture).

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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: Riocreuxia polyantha., retrieved 5 March 2024

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