Duvalia polita N.E. Br.
var. polita

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Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Duvalia polita var. polita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

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Synonyms: Duvalia transvaalensis Schltr. var. parviflora L. Bolus
Common names: Polished star (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Succulent perennial. Stems branched, more or less erect, 6-angled, tubercles with a fleshy spine-like tip. Flowers in clusters of 3-4 on the young stems, up to 3.8 cm in diameter, maroon often streaked. Corolla lobes smooth and shiny in the basal half, with club-shaped hairs between the lobes.
Derivation of specific name: polita: polished, referring to the smooth and shiny appearance of the base of the corolla lobes.
Habitat: In dry Mopane or Acacia woodland and scrub in sandy soils or on stony hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 February 2014

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 71 - 73. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 95 - 96.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 117. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 369. as: duvalia polita (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 20.

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

Plowes, D.C.H. (1971). Stapeliads in Rhodesia Excelsa 1 Page 17. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 26.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Duvalia polita
Tropicos: Duvalia polita
West African Plants database: Duvalia polita

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Duvalia polita var. polita.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146590, retrieved 27 September 2016

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