Fockea multiflora in Malawi (inselberg at road Blantyre-Mwanza ca. 2.5 km NE Mpatamanga Gorge. 10 Apr 1991). Free standing sterile specimen forming a self-supporting crown, accompanied by Cissus quadrangularis. The Shire River lowlands are visible at the horizon.
Fockea multiflora was previously known from southern, southeastern and eastern Africa with a distributional gap between the Zambezi River valley and central Tanzania (Bruyns PV, Klak C. 2006. A systematic study of the old world genus Fockea (Apocynaceae – Asclepiadoideae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 93: 535–564).
However, Thiede & al. (2011) reported six localities in Malawi (including the locality shown here) which bridge this previous distributional gap: Thiede, J., Hargreaves, B.J., Mwanyambo, M., Oldeland, J. 2011. Filling the gap: Fockea multiflora K.Schum. (Apocynaceae) in Malawi. Haseltonia 16: 79-82.