7771.000 Harpagophytum DC. ex Meisn.

Description of the genus

Perennial herb, with prostrate annual stems. Leaves opposite, ± succulent, variable. Flowers solitary, erect, borne on short pedicels. Corolla tube cylindric; limb spreading; lobes ± equal. Stamens 4. Fruit an extraordinary flattened woody capsule bearing two rows of curved arms which themselves bear recurved spines.

Derivation of name: "grapple", or "hook" plant

Worldwide: 2 species in southern Africa and Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
procumbens (Burch.) DC. ex Meisn. subsp. transvaalense Ihlenf. & H.E.K. HartmannSDescription, Image
zeyheri Decne. subsp. sublobatum (Engl.) Ihlenf. & H.E.K. HartmannW,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Harpagophytum
Flora of Caprivi: Harpagophytum
Flora of Mozambique: Harpagophytum
Flora of Zambia: Harpagophytum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Harpagophytum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Harpagophytum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Harpagophytum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Harpagophytum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Harpagophytum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Harpagophytum
JSTOR Plant Science: Harpagophytum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Harpagophytum
Plants of the World Online: Harpagophytum
Tropicos: Harpagophytum
Wikipedia: Harpagophytum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Harpagophytum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1312, retrieved 5 December 2023

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