7771.000 Harpagophytum DC. ex Meisn.

Description of the genus

Perennial herb, with prostrate annual stems. Leaves opposite, ± succulent, variable. Flowers solitary, erect, borne on short pedicels. Corolla tube cylindric; limb spreading; lobes ± equal. Stamens 4. Fruit an extraordinary flattened woody capsule bearing two rows of curved arms which themselves bear recurved spines.

Derivation of name: "grapple", or "hook" plant

Worldwide: 2 species in southern Africa and Madagascar

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum

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zeyheri Decne. subsp. sublobatum (Engl.) Ihlenf. & H.E.K. HartmannB,SS,WDescription, Image

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Harpagophytum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1312, retrieved 21 June 2024

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