Cryptolepis delagoensis Schltr.

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 26 (1905)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Mozambique to Mpumalanga. It is a climbing shrub and grows primarily in the subtropical biome.


Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E.

Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident

Goyder, D. J., Gilbert, M. G. & Venter, H. J. T. (2020). Apocynaceae (part 2). In: M. A. García (ed.), Flora Zambesiaca, Vol. 7(3). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Mozambique, Maputo [Lourenço Marques], xii.1897, Schlechters.n. (B† holotype); neotype: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Tembe Elephant Park, Venter 9335 (PRE neotype, BLFU), neotypified by Bester & Joubert in Bothalia 41: 200 (2011).
Morphology General Habit
A climber
Morphology Roots
Roots unknown
Morphology Stem
Stems slender, twining, up to 4 m × 3.5 mm, greyish-brown, slighty verrucose, glabrous, interpetiolar ridges glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves decussate opposite, petiole 1–3 mm long; blade elliptic to broadly elliptic, ovate or rarely obovate, obtuse-apiculate, cuspidate, acute or acuminate, base obtuse, 1.0–2.5 × 0.4–0.7(1.2) cm, coriaceous, puberulous and yellowish- green above, papillate and pale green beneath, margin revolute, secondary and tertiary veins indistinct
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences compact, few-flowered, glabrous; primary peduncles 1–3(10) mm long, secondaries 1–2 mm long; pedicels 1–3 mm long; bracts densely packed, acicular, 0.5–1.0 mm long, glabrous to fimbriate
Morphology General Buds
Buds ovoid, acute to apiculate, full-turn helically twisted
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals broadly ovate, acute, ± 1 × ± 0.5 mm, glabrous, occasionally fimbriate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white to creamy yellow, glabrous; tube campanulate, 1.5–2.0 mm long; lobes spreading, linear-oblong, obtuse, 1.5–3.5 × ± 0.7 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona of lower whorl only, concealed, lobes oblong to clavate, emarginate to acute, fleshy, 0.3–0.5 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens subsessile, anthers hastate, attenuate, villous outside, 0.7–0.9 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style terete, 0.2–0.3 mm long, style-head deltoid, acute, 0.5–0.6 mm long, translator narrowly elliptic. Follicles erect, widely to horizontally divaricate, narrowly ovoid, apex acute and recurved, 3–5 × 0.5–0.6 cm, dark brown
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds narrowly elliptic, 8–11 × 2.5 mm, dark reddish-brown, smooth; coma white, 1.3–1.7 cm long.
Mozambique . Also found in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga).
Grows in sand forest and bushveld, mostly associated with sandy soil; 50–900 m.


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