Huernia hislopii Turrill
subsp. hislopii

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Huernia hislopii subsp. hislopii

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Near Chimoio, Manica province.

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Synonyms: Ceropegia hislopii (Turrill) Bruyns
Common names: Carrion flower (English) Dragon-flower (English)
Status: Native
Leafless succulent, consisting of a number of five-angled stems. These stems are green during the rains but usually turn reddish brown in the dry winter months. The ridges on the stems form fleshy, thorn-like points, which serve as "leaves".
Notes: The flowers of this, and many related species emit an unpleasant smell in order to attract carrion flies, which are the pollinators.
Derivation of specific name: hislopii : named after A. Hislop, formerly of St. Faith's Mission, Rusape.
Habitat: On granite kopjes and rocky outcrops.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Monday 10 October 2011

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 190 - 192. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 207 - 209.

Leach, L.C. (1988). A Revision of Huernia R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 4 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 63 - 66.

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 21.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Huernia hislopii subsp. hislopii., retrieved 24 April 2024

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