Syn.: Gonostemon erectiflorus (N. E. Br.) P. V. Heath
Family: Apocynaceae Juss.; Asclepiadaceae R. Br.
Stapelia erectiflora
Distribution: Endemic to Northern Cape and Western Cape in Republic of South Africa.
Ecology: Sandy soils with good drainage, under shrubs, under rock ledges, seeking protection from direct sun. Blooms after summer dormancy.
Description: Stem succulent with fibrous roots. Stems shortly decumbent-erect, to 15 cm tall, forming clumps, bluntly 4-ribbed, densely white pubescent, tubercles small, leaves rudimental, caducous (falling off early). Inflorescence scattered over the length of the stems; peduncle robust, green to brownish, up to 12 cm long, erect to leaning; corolla outside pale green, slightly pubescent, inside brownish-green or purple, lobes strongly recurved towards the pedicel, eventually almost button-like, lobes covered with white, short hairs, directed towards the tip; interstaminal corona lobes rectangular, emarginate (shallow notch at the tip), sometimes bifid; staminal corona erectly outcurved; anthers yellow, pollinia yellow to brownish, 0.5 mm, D-shaped. Fruit is twin horned seed pod with seeds with pappi.
Stapelia erectiflora
Stapelia erectiflora
Stapelia erectiflora
These images were taken in culture.