Huernia zebrina N.E. Br.
subsp. zebrina

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Huernia zebrina subsp. zebrina

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Near Fumukwe, Gwanda South

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Synonyms: Ceropegia zebrina (N.E.Br.) Bruyns
Huernia blackbeardiae R.A. Dyer ex Jacobsen
Huernia zebrina N.E. Br. subsp. magniflora (E. Phillips) L.C. Leach
Huernia zebrina N.E. Br. var. magniflora E. Phillips
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Succulent perennial forming dense clumps up to 50 cm in diameter. Stems erect to decumbent, up to 12 cm long, grey-green usually mottled with purple. Inflorescences of 1-3 flowers together on a short peduncle, up to 5 mm long. Pedicels 8-10 mm long, ascending and then spreading holding the flower facing horizontally. Sepals ovate, 2-10 mm long. Corolla 35-50 mm in diameter, inside cream transversely and irregularly lined with red or maroon on the lobes, with a red thickened shiny annulus; tube 6-7 mm long with mouth formed by the raised annulus; lobes deltate, 10-15 mm long and 15-20 mm wide at the base.
Derivation of specific name: zebrina: zebra-striped
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini ans Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 174. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 168 - 170. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 314 - 315. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 171.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 205 - 206. (Includes a picture).

Leach, L.C. (1988). A Revision of Huernia R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 4 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 138 - 142. (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.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 586 - 587. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 28. also as Huernia zebrina magniflora

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Huernia zebrina subsp. zebrina., retrieved 2 March 2024

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