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  1. Family: Apocynaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Ceropegia L.
      1. Ceropegia kituloensis Masinde & F.Albers

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.


    Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

    Dwarf, erect herb 7–18 cm high.
    Latex colour unknown.
    Rootstock roundish tuber, ± 10 × 8 mm deep, smooth.
    Stems herbaceous, leafy, rarely branching, ± 1.5 mm diameter, with 2 rows of whitish-translucent pubescence
    Leaves herbaceous; petiole 1–2 mm long; stipules interpetiolar, of minute tufts of hairs; lamina narrowly ovatelanceolate or narrowly-elliptic, (0.8–)12–33 × 3–9 mm, base acuminate, apex acute, green, pubescent above, ± glabrous or sparsely pubescent beneath, margins finely ciliate
    Inflorescence extra-axillary, 1-flowered, sessile; single accompanying bract lanceolate-subulate, 2–3 × 1 mm, acute; pedicel 5–11 mm long
    Sepals narrowlylanceolate, 2–6 × 5 mm, apically recurved, abaxially pubescent
    Corolla 26–38 mm long; tube 18–21 mm long, in basal ± 1/4– 1/3 with a globose inflation ± 6 × 7 mm, narrowing into an ascending cylindrical part ± 2.5 mm diameter, expanding gradually to ± 3.5 mm diameter in throat; exterior greenish, glabrous; interior colour unknown, completely glabrous including basal inflation; lobes erect, linear, 10–22 × ± 1 mm, apically connate, margins recurved, apically brownish or blackish, entirely glabrous adaxially and abaxially including margins
    Corona subsessile, ± 3 × 3 mm, basally cupular; inner lobes connivent-erect or free, spatulate, ± 2 × 0.3 mm, glabrous; outer lobes suberectly spreading, forming 5 open pockets, each ± 1.4 × 1.4 mm, margins entire, glabrous
    Gynostegium subsessile
    Anthers incumbent on and overtopping stylar head, guide rails 0.3–0.6 mm long, ± straight, well exposed, not widened at base.
    Pollinia 0.25–0.31 × 0.17–0.24 mm; corpusculum obovate, 0.14–0.19 × 0.05–0.06 mm
    Follicles and seed unknown.
    On ± treeless crests of Kitulo Plateau, in rocky ground; 2400–2750 m
    C. kituloensis is related to C. achtenii and probably also to C. gilgiana and C. abyssinica. The specimen, Richards 7560 (K), Kitulo [Elton] Plateau, 2400 m, 7 Jan. 1957, may be a hybrid between C. achtenii De Wild. and C. kituloensis and not C. achtenii   C. abyssinica Decne. as previously supposed by H. Huber in his determination of 1957. It shows a much closer resemblance to C. kituloensis in its flowers and bifarious-hairy stems but it has a climbing habit. Another collection showing intermediate characteristics between C. achtenii and C. kituloensis is Bidgood et al. 2319 from Chunya District: 8 km on Makongolosi-Mbeya road, 17 Feb. 1994.
    Flora districts: T7 Range: Not known elsewhere



    Native to:


    Other Data

    Ceropegia kituloensis Masinde & F.Albers appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2001 Leedal, G.P. [5293], Tanzania K000305481 holotype
    Jan 1, 2001 Leedal, G.P. [5293], Tanzania K000305480 holotype


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 122: 162 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Goyder, S., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Apocynaceae(2): 1-530.
    • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • E.J. 122: 161 (2000).


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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