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This species is accepted, and its native range is Bolivia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Goyder, D. (2004). An Amplified Concept of Philibertia Kunth (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae), with a Synopsis of the Genus. Kew Bulletin, 59(3), 415-451. doi:10.2307/4110951

Recorded only from two hills in the centre of the city of Cochabamba. Alt. 2500 - 2850 m.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with erect stems to c. 50 cm, corky below, twining above; roots fibrous; latex white
Morphology General Indumentum
Whole plant densely pubescent to tomentose
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petiole 8 - 12 mm long, pubescent; lamina 2.5 - 4 x 1 - 1.5 cm, ovate-lanceolate with an acute apex and a weakly to strongly cordate base, tomentose with golden hairs adaxially, densely tomentose with paler hairs abaxially
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower buds without conspicuous projections from the corolla lobe sinuses
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther wings linear, margins straight, 0.7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes c. 3 - 4 mm long, linear, densely pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla campanulate, yellow- green, tomentose outside; tube c. 2 mm long, bearded with long downward-pointing hairs in the throat; lobes erect, 3 -4 x 1 mm, pubescent adaxially
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Basal coronal ring absent Staminal corona lobes absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynostegium
Gynostegium shortly stipitate, c. 3.5 mm long including stigma head appendages
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinarium
Corpusculum c. 0.5 mm long, ± boat-shaped, keeled and with a flattened but somewhat convex outer face, brown; translator arms c. 0.15 mm long, angled downwards and back from the plane of the corpusculum, broadly flattened, and with minute differential thickening distally; pollinia c. 0.4 x 0.15 mm, flattened, elliptic. Stigma head conical, extending c. 1.5 mm beyond the anthers, bifid, cream
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles solitary, c. 5 - 6 x 1 cm, ± lanceolate in outline, tapering gradually into a truncate apex, probably tomentose (follicles remaining from previous year glabrous).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences sessile, extra-axillary, with 1 - 3 pendulous flowers; bracts c. 2 mm long, filiform, tomentose; pedicels c. 5 - 6 mm long, pubescent
This species is very similar to the more widely distributed Philibertia suberecta, sharing the erect habit of that species (unusual in Philibertia), the bearded corolla tube, and similar anther and pollinarium morphology. It differs most noticeably, however, in the smaller flowers which are positioned in a sessile rather than pedunculate inflorescence, and the absence of paired filiform stigma head appendages.
Bolivia, dept. Cochabamba, on hill below El Cristo, Cochabamba, 2 Feb. 2001, Wood & Goyder 17100 (K holotypus; LPB isotypus).

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Philibertia religiosa Goyder appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2004 Wood, J. R. I. [17100], Bolivia K000196718 holotype
Jan 1, 2004 Wood, J. R. I. [17100], Bolivia K000196719 holotype
Wood, J.R.I. [17100], Bolivia 73184.000 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 59: 443 (2004)

Accepted by

  • Jørgensen, P.M., Nee, M.H. & Beck., S.G. (eds.) (2013). Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 127: 1-1741. Missouri Botanical Garden.


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