Fockea angustifolia K. Schum.

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Fockea angustifolia

Picture: Barbara Schneider
Hwange NP, between Sinamatella and Masuma Dam

Fockea angustifolia

Picture: Barbara Schneider
Hwange NP, between Sinamatella and Masuma Dam

Fockea angustifolia

Picture: Barbara Schneider
Hwange NP, between Sinamatella and Masuma Dam

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Synonyms: Cynanchum omissum Bullock
Fockea dammarana Schltr.
Fockea lugardii N.E. Br.
Fockea mildbraedii Schltr.
Fockea monroi S. Moore
Fockea sessiliflora Schltr.
Fockea tugelensis N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender woody twiner with milky sap, growing from a large tuber. Stems up to 2 m long, often reddish, pubescent. Leaves oppositenarrowly linear to oblong, elliptic or ovate, 2–8 cm long, hairless or minutely pubescent beneath; petiole 1–3 mm long, minutely pubescent. Inflorescences extra-axillary, sessile but sometimes on short lateral shoots, 1–6 flowers simultaneously. Sepals triangular, c. 1 mm long, minutely pubescent. Corolla narrowly conical and strongly contorted in bud, divided more or less to the base, lobes linear. Corona white with a tubular part 2-6 mm long and 1–1.5 mm wide, apical lobes filiform, 0.5–1 mm long. Fruit in paired follicles, 7–20 cm long, grey-green often with purplish bands, smooth.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In dry open woodland and scrub often with Acacia or Commiphora.
Altitude range: Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 27. also as Fockea monroi

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Fockea angustifolia., retrieved 13 April 2024

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