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Cyanotis arachnoidea C.B. Clarke
Protologue : Monogr. Phan. 3: 250 (1881)
Information on the genus : Cyanotis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyanotis arachnoidea C.B. Clarke var. arachnoidea
 Tonningia arachnoidea (C.B. Clarke) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyanotis bodinieri H. Lév. & Vaniot
=Cyanotis labordei H. Lév. & Vaniot
=Tradescantia incana B. Heyne ex C.B. Clarke
=Tradescantia lanata B. Heyne ex C.B. Clarke
=Cyanotis lanata var. lanuginosa K. Schum. (1905)
Taxon infra-specific
Cyanotis arachnoidea C.B. Clarke var. arachnoidea
Cyanotis arachnoidea var. pilosa Brenan
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Creeping, perennial, succulent, much branched, prostrate herb; stems to c. 45 cm long;
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Ecology : Character species of the Cyanotis arachnoidea-Urena lobata-community, together with Heterotis decumbens, Anchomanes difformis, Asystasia gangetica, etc. in herbaceous fringes of inselbergs; rocks; woodland; Loudetia arundinacea grassland
  Comprises 2 vars. – Holotype of var. pilosa Brenan: Stanfield 98, collected on 15 September 1957 !, with flowers. The same number was also collected on 12 June 1957 (Brenan in Kew Bull. 24: 353, 1970).
  Perhaps an African subsp. of C. lanata; this perennial form has succeeded in spreading into India (fide Morton, 1967).
  India, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan. Also in N Tanzania ? – Listed from Angola by Figueiredo & Smith, Pl. Angola: 177, 2008 (specim. Gossweiler 9843) and Succ. fl. Angola (Haseltonia 15: 74), 2009.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Commeli. Commel.: 24 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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