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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Tanzania and W. Saudi Arabia.


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

Morphology General Habit
Plant erect forming a low subshrub at first, shoots twining in contact with other vegetation and scrambling to 2 m.
Morphology Stem
Stems grey-green with minute white hairs, thickened and occasionally somewhat corky below
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petiole 1–6 mm long, pubescent; lamina linear to oblong or elliptic, 1–3 × 0.2–0.8 cm, apex rounded to subacute, base rounded or truncate, minutely pubescent both above and below
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences extra-axillary, sessile with 1–5 flowers, generally only 1 or 2 open at one time.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 0.5–2 mm long, pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes triangular to ovate, 1–1.5 mm long, apex acute, pubescent, green or tinged with purple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla green, rotate or very shallowly campanulate, lobed for 2/3– 3/4 of its length; lobes ovate to triangular, 1.5–3 × 1–1.7 mm, acute, minutely pubescent at least towards the margins adaxially, abaxial face glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynostegium
Gynostegium 1–1.5 mm high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona yellow-green, basal ring forming shallow pouches below and between the more prominent inner staminal lobes; staminal lobes projecting radially from the gynostegium, sub-conical, ± 0.75 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther wings ± 0.3 mm long; corpusculum brown, ovoid-subcylindrical, 0.15–0.2 mm long,
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Apex of stylar head domed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles narrowly lanceolate in outline, 5–6 × ± 1 cm, tapering gradually into a long drawn out beak, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovate, 5–6 × 3–3.5 mm, with a marginal rim ± 0.5 mm wide and a sparsely verrucose disk; coma 2.5 cm long
Fig 119, p 493
Dry bushland, on gravel or rocky soils; 50–1350 m
Range: S Ethiopia Flora districts: U1 K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T2 T3

Native to:

Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda

Vincetoxicum diplostigma Meve & Liede appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Goyder, D.J. [4012], Kenya Diplostigma canescens 62785.000

First published in Phytotaxa 369: 142 (2018)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Goyder, S., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Apocynaceae(2): 1-530.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.