Huernia levyi Oberm.

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Huernia levyi

Collected from Kafue Fisheries
at margin of termite mound thicket.
Jan 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Huernia levyi

Collected from Kafue Fisheries
at margin of termite mound thicket.
Jan 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Small succulent, forming loose clumps 8-30 cm in diameter. Stems decumbent, 4-10 long, dull green to purplish; often with faint darker mottling, tubercles 4-10 mm long, deltoid, spreading, laterally flattened, joining at the base, forming 4-5 wing-like angles along the stems, tipped by slightly swollen leaf-rudiments. Inflorescences 1-3-flowered on the lower half of the stems. Flowers developing in gradual succession, 25-40 long and 20-25 mm in diameter, tubular-campanulate, papillate on the outside, purple-pink mottled with cream towards the mouth with 3-5 raised veins running down from the apices of the lobes; inside dark in the lower half, spotted maroon on cream above, papillate almost all over the surface. Lobes short, 5-8 mm long and 12-15 mm wide at the base, deltate, shortly acuminate, somewhat spreading. Corona 4-5 mm tall, 5 mm in diameter; outer lobes dark maroon, fused to to the base of the tube into an indistinct disc; inner lobes 3-3.5 mm long, red to brownish, darker towards the tips.
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Notes: Clearly distinguished from related species by the long, tubular flowers and the sharply winged angles on the stems.
Derivation of specific name: levyi: named after Benjamin Levy (1896-?), pharmaceutical chemist and stapeliad collector from the Hwange area.
Habitat: In stony places in hot dry areas among small shrubs or mopane trees.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 11 January 2016

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 199 - 201. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 106 - 107.

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). Botswana Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 18.

Leach, L.C. (1988). A Revision of Huernia R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 4 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 69 - 71. (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 21.

Percy-Lancaster, A. & Richards, D. (1991). A Provisional Checklist of Zimbabwean Succulents, Caudiciforms and Pachycauls. Excelsa 15 Page 71.

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

Plowes, D.C.H. (1971). Stapeliads in Rhodesia Excelsa 1 Page 16. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 27.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Huernia levyi., retrieved 29 May 2022

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