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Kalanchoe brachyloba Welw. ex Britten

Kalanchoe brachyloba

Dried flowers

Family: Crassulaceae
Full name: Kalanchoe brachyloba Welw. ex Britten
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Gelobde plakkie
English common name(s): Short-lobed kalanchoe
Synonym(s): Kalanchoe baumii Engl. & Gilg fide Fl. Zambes.
Kalanchoe multiflora Schinz
Kalanchoe paniculata auct. - Gossw. & Mendonça, Raym.-Hamet, non Harv. (1862)-- misapplied name
Kalanchoe pruinosa Dinter
Kalanchoe pyramidalis Schönland
Status: Native
Description: Rosettes usually developing only one erect terete stem up to 2 m high; rootstock swollen. Leaves sessile, oblong-lanceolate, 100-180(-280) x 40-80 mm, cuneate but with distinctly clasping base, with blunt teeth and/or lobes, rarely almost smooth folded lengthwise, grey-green, more or less tinged red along margin. Inflorescence a flat-topped thyrse with many loose dichasia ending in monochasia. Calyx with lobes broadly triangular, 1.5-3(-4) mm long. Corolla: tube quadrangular-cylindrical to almost pyramidal, 10.5-13 mm long, yellowish green; lobes usually ovate, 2.5-4 x 2-3 mm, yellow. Anthers c. 1 mm long. Squamae oblong, 2.5-3.5 (-4) mm long, rounded, truncate or emarginate. Seeds 1.6-2 mm long. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)

A completely glabrous, 0.60-2 m tall perennial (or also biennial) succulent. Stern from a subspherical or napiform tuber or woody rootstock, stout, terete up to 2.5 cm in diameter at the base, erect, simple or sometimes forked, green, leafless at flowering time (at least below); lowermost internodes short (only up to 2 cm long), the following increasing successively up to 16 cm; nodes somewhat thickened. Leaves decussate, the lower the largest, (5.5)12-26(28) x (2.5)3-7(8) cm, subrosulate, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic to oblong, spathulate or sometimes ovate, obtuse or rounded at the apex, usually serrate-lobed or crenate or entire and undulate at the margin, contracted or attenuate below into a subpetiolar base up to 12 mm broad and shortly sheathing, the median ones relatively narrower, lanceolate to oblong or linear, also crenate or remotely dentate or entire, sessile, not connate, amplexicaul or not, each decurrent in 2 raised lines, the upper shortening successively to the uppermost bract-like ones, all fleshy and very succulent, glaucous or glaucous-green when young and fresh, rigid or sometimes chartaceous on drying, caducous. Flowers erect in dense cymes forming partial flattish corymbs, disposed in a repeatedly dichotomous terminal flat-topped corymb-like inflorescence (5)13-35(45) x (5)13-25 cm; main branches of inflorescences in up to 8 pairs, the lowermost up to 35 cm long, straight, at ±45 deg. angles with the axis; pedicels of dichotomies 6-11(15) mm long. Calyx 1.5-4(5) mm long, pale green; tube 0.75-1.5 mm long; sepals 0.75-2.5(3.5) x 1.5-2.25 mm, lanceolate to shortly triangular, subacute to obtuse, fleshy, rigid when dry. Corolla 13.5-16(17) mm long, subconical after anthesis, narrowing gradually from the roundish base to the apex of the approximate lobes; corolla-tube (10)11-13.5(15) mm long, and ±4 mm in diameter near the base, obtusely 4-angled below, distinctly so above, not contracted below the lobes after anthesis, yellow-green, turning reddish-brown scarious when dry; corolla-lobes 2-5.25 x 2-4.25 mm, ovate or deltate-semiorbicular, acute, slightly apiculate, lemon-yellow to orange-yellow, sometimes whitish- or red-edged, erect and usually connivent, flat or twisted (together with the uppermost part of tube) even after anthesis, only spreading in the afternoon. Filaments 0.5 or 1.5 mm long; anthers 0.5 or 0.75 mm, those of the lower stamens below or attaining the sinuses between the corolla-lobes, those of the upper ones slightly above the base of corolla-lobes. Follicles 8.5-12 mm long; styles 0.5-1.5 mm long. Scales 1.5-3.25 x 0.5 mm, linear-lanceolate, emarginate, hyaline or brownish-scarious. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 05 Jul 2011
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/80 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020

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