Duvalia polita N.E. Br.
var. polita

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Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along secondary dirt road below Mt Buchwa near junction with main Zvishavane Rutenga road.

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along secondary dirt road below Mt Buchwa near junction with main Zvishavane Rutenga road.

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along secondary dirt road below Mt Buchwa near junction with main Zvishavane Rutenga road.

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along secondary dirt road below Mt Buchwa near junction with main Zvishavane Rutenga road.

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Synonyms: Duvalia transvaalensis Schltr. var. parviflora L. Bolus
Common names: Polished star (English)
Frequency: Probably local and uncommon
Status: Native
Description:
Succulent perennial. Stems branched, more or less erect, 6-angled, tubercles with a fleshy spine-like tip. Flowers in clusters of 3-4 on the young stems, up to 3.8 cm in diameter, maroon often streaked. Corolla lobes smooth and shiny in the basal half, with club-shaped hairs between the lobes.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: polita: polished, referring to the smooth and shiny appearance of the base of the corolla lobes.
Habitat: In dry Mopane or Acacia woodland and scrub in sandy soils or on stony hillsides.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 22 November 2008
Literature:

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 71 - 73. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 95 - 96.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 178.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 75.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 117. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 369. as: duvalia polita (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 20.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 25.

Plowes, D.C.H. (1971). Stapeliads in Rhodesia Excelsa 1 Page 17. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 26.

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Flora of Botswana: Duvalia polita var. polita
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Flora of Zambia: Duvalia polita var. polita
Flora of Zimbabwe: Duvalia polita var. polita

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Duvalia polita
African Plant Database: Duvalia polita
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Duvalia polita
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Duvalia polita
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Duvalia polita
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Duvalia polita
JSTOR Plant Science: Duvalia polita
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Duvalia polita
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Duvalia polita
The Plant List (version 1.1): Duvalia polita
Tropicos: Duvalia polita


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Duvalia polita var. polita.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146590, retrieved 25 June 2019

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