Harpagophytum zeyheri Decne.
subsp. sublobatum (Engl.) Ihlenf. & H.E.K. Hartmann

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Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum

Photo: Darrel Plowes
120 kms south of Bulawayo

Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwange NP, on loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan

Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwange NP, on loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan

Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwange NP, on loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan

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Synonyms:
Common names: Grapple plant (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with prostrate annual stems growing from a succulent taproot, forming a thick tuber. Leaves broadly ovate; margins crenate to deeply lobed. Flowers solitary in leaf axils, pink or purple, yellow in the throat. Fruit a woody capsule with 4 rows of curved arms, each bearing recurved spines.
This species is similar to H. procumbens but is easily distinguished when in fruit. The fruits of H. procumbens have very long, curved arms, while those of H. zeyheri are much less extravagant.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: On Kalahari sand in dry open woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in southern Africa, from Namibia and Zambia south to Botswana and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 13 February 2007
Literature:

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 92. As Harpagophytum zeyheri (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 122, plate 163


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152490, retrieved 2 September 2014

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