6887.000 Huernia R. Br.

Bruyns, P.V. (2005) Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa

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

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

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). However we follow Goyder et Al. in Flora Zambesiaca 7(2), 2020 where the inclusion of the Stapeliad genera has not been accepted.

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

Mozambique: 9 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 Lavranos[NrEnd]MSDescription, Image
verekeri Stent var. verekeri TDescription, Image
verekeri Stent subsp. pauciflora (L.C. Leach) Bruyns[End]MS,GIDescription, Image
volkartii Werderm. & Peitscher var. repens (Lavranos) Lavranos[NrEnd]MS
zebrina N.E. Br. subsp. zebrina MDescription, Image

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Huernia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Huernia
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Wikipedia: Huernia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Huernia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1162, retrieved 9 December 2023

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