Riocreuxia chrysochroma (H. Huber) Radcl.-Sm.

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Riocreuxia chrysochroma

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Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Riocreuxia chrysochroma

Photo: Penny English
Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Riocreuxia chrysochroma

Photo: Penny English
Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Riocreuxia chrysochroma

Photo: Penny English
Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Riocreuxia chrysochroma

Photo: Penny English
Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Riocreuxia chrysochroma

Photo: Penny English
Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Ceropegia chrysochroma H.Huber
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Climber 1–3 m high, with pubescent twining stems; nodes with indistinct ring of short brownish hairs; latex clear. Leaves ovate or elliptic-ovate, 40–75 mm long, cordate at the base, sparsely pubescent to more or less hairless above, minutely velvety beneath, especially along veins; petiole 10–50 mm long, pubescent. Inflorescence of short, dichotomously branching, up to 10-flowered pseudoumbels with many flowers opening simultaneously. Pedicels 5–10 mm long, densely pubescent. Sepals linear-lanceolate, c 1.5–2 mm long, hairless except for some pubescence at the base. Corolla bell-shaped, 7–10 mm long, hairless throughout; tube 3–5.5 mm long and c. 4 mm wide in middle, mostly slightly longer than lobes; cream to whitish-yellow; lobes spreading, narrowly triangular, deep orange-red.
Notes: Unusual in this genus for having flowers with short spreading corolla lobes.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Margins of montane forest
Altitude range: 2100 - 2450 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania and northern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
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Literature:

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 22. as Riocreuxia chrysocoma

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.

Goyder, D., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Apocynaceae (part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 88 - 89.

Masinde, P.S. (2005). A revision of the African genus Riocreuxia Decne. (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) Kew Bulletin 60(3) Pages 427 - 429. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
iNaturalist: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Riocreuxia chrysochroma
JSTOR Plant Science: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
Plants of the World Online: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
Tropicos: Riocreuxia chrysochroma
Wikipedia: Riocreuxia chrysochroma


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Riocreuxia chrysochroma.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=227510, retrieved 6 February 2023

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