Asclepias ameliae S. Moore

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Asclepias ameliae

Habit
Protea savannah grassland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias ameliae

Habit
Protea savannah grassland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias ameliae

Habit
Protea savannah grassland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias ameliae

Flowers
Protea savannah grassland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Asclepias ameliae

Flowers
Protea savannah grassland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Asclepias pulchella (Decne.) N. E. Br.
Gomphocarpus pulchellus Decne.
Trachycalymma pulchellum (Decne.) Bullock
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb growing from a subglose or napiform tuber; stems 20-40 cm tall, erect, unbranched, densely pubescent; leaves with petiole 1-8 mm long, pubescent, lamina 4-7 x 0.5-2 cm, oblong to elliptic, rarely lanceolate or oblanceolate, pubescent with spreading white hairs on both surfaces; inflorescences terminal or extra-axillary in 4-11 flowered ± erect umbels, peduncles (3)5-16 cm long, erect, densely spreading pubescent; pedicels 1-2.5 cm long, pubescent; calyx lobes 4-7(9) x 1-2 mm, narrowly lanceolate, acute, pubescent; corolla broadly campanulate, pinky mauve outside , white or pale pink frequently with deeper veins within, sparsely pubescent towards the apex outside and glabrous within, lobes 7-10 x 4-6 mm, ovate, subacute; corona mostly white but pinkish towards base, lobes 4-5 mm long, fleshy.
Type location:
Angola, between Forte Princeza Amelia and the R. Kubango, 1.xi.1905, Gossweiler 2199 (Holotype BM).
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: ameliae: possibly after Forte Princeza Amelia, near where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Open, mixed deciduous woodlands and occasionally seasonally wet grasslands.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Thursday 2 July 2020
Literature:

Goyder, D.J. (2001). A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 Pages 129 - 161.

Goyder, D.J. (2009). A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 Page 384.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asclepias ameliae
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asclepias ameliae
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asclepias ameliae
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asclepias ameliae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Asclepias ameliae
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asclepias ameliae
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asclepias ameliae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asclepias ameliae
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Asclepias ameliae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Asclepias ameliae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=225440, retrieved 27 September 2020

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