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

Botswana: 5 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Danaus chrysippus (African monarch)
Huernia longituba

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
levyi Oberm.[VU]Description, Image
longituba N.E. Br.SW,SEDescription, Image
thuretii F. Cels?
verekeri Stent var. verekeri N,SEDescription, Image
zebrina N.E. Br. subsp. zebrina Description, Image

Other sources of information about Huernia:

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Flora of Caprivi: Huernia
Flora of Malawi: Huernia
Flora of Mozambique: Huernia
Flora of Zambia: Huernia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Huernia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Huernia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Huernia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Huernia
Wikipedia: Huernia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Huernia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Huernia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Huernia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1162, retrieved 27 September 2022

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