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Asclepias eminens (Harv.) Schltr.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Shrub
Southern African Endemic
Swaziland distribution: various
Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU B1B2cD2
Threats: Grazing, soil erosion, fire
Distribution: Mpisi, Malkerns, St. Josephs, Hlatikulu, Manzini
A widely scattered but uncommon species. In Zimbabwe it is a distinct ecotype. Edible plant.
A widely scattered but uncommon species. In Zimbabwe it is a distinct ecotype.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Asclepias eminens - Slender half-erect or prostrate shoots, occasionally branching at base, almost hairless. Leaf-stalk very short; blade up to 11 cm long x 4 mm wide, usually narrower, margins recurred. Inflorescence terminal with up to c eight rather large flowers on stalks c 2,5 cm long; corolla lobes reflexed, c 1,4 cm long, sharp-pointed, green; corona lobes long and narrow, erect and closely clustered forming a column, white or white-tipped.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Goyder D J (2009). A Synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in Tropical Africa. Kew Bulletin, Vol. 64, No. 3 (2009), pp. 369-399.