6887.000 Huernia R. Br.

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Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

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Description of the genus

Stems fleshy, glabrous, 4-5(-6)-angled, tubercled with rudimentary leaves arising from the centre of the tubercle, without stipules. Inflorescence a pedunculate cyme, often arising from the base of the stem. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, acuminate. Corolla shape variable, with or without an annulus; 5-lobed, with 5 minor lobes in the sinuses; inside usually papillose or tuberculate, rarely smooth; margin without cilia. Corona of two rows, each of 5 lobes; inner and outer well separated vertically; outer lobes united to form a disk; inner lobes arising at the top of the staminal column, smooth, simple; usually with a transverse ridge or gibbosity at their base. Follicles erect, glabrous. Seeds with an apical tuft of hairs.

Comment: More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). We will await a broader form of acceptance of this new concept before changing the taxonomy in our database.

Worldwide: 64 species in tropical and South Africa; also Saoudi Arabia

Mozambique: 8 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Danaus chrysippus (African monarch)
Huernia leachii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
erectiloba L.C.Leach & Lavranos[End]N,Z
hislopii Turrill subsp. hislopii MSDescription, Image
hystrix (Hook. f.) N.E. Br. var. hystrix GI,MDescription, Image
kirkii N.E. Br.Description, Image
leachii LavranosMSDescription, Image
verekeri Stent var. verekeri TDescription, Image
verekeri Stent subsp. pauciflora (L.C. Leach) Bruyns[End]MS,GIDescription, Image
zebrina N.E. Br. subsp. zebrina Image

Other sources of information about Huernia:

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Flora of Botswana: Huernia
Flora of Caprivi: Huernia
Flora of Malawi: Huernia
Flora of Zambia: Huernia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Huernia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Huernia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Huernia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Huernia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Huernia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Huernia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Huernia.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1162, retrieved 12 December 2017

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