Tavaresia barklyi (Dyer) N.E. Br.

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Tavaresia barklyi

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Tavaresia barklyi

Photo: Martin Heigan

Tavaresia barklyi

Photo: Martin Heigan

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Synonyms: Ceropegia barklyana Bruyns
Decabelone barklyi Dyer
Decabelone grandiflora Dinter
Euphorbia antunesii Pax
Tavaresia grandiflora Berger
Common names:
Status: Native
Tufted, spiny, cactus-like, succulent perennial. Stems bluish-green, ascending or erect, 6-12-angled, the tuberculate teeth along the angles whitish, crowned with 3 spines. Flowers from the base of the stems, 1-4, opening in succession. Corolla deeply bell-shaped, up to 15 cm long. Lobes spreading up to 2.5 cm long, greenish-cream, flecked or barred with maroon on the outside; inside yellowish with maroon spots, densely covered with papillae. Corona 2-seriate, arising from the staminal column; outer lobes in 10 filiform segments; inner lobes 5, linear, shorter than the anthers.
Derivation of specific name: barklyi: named after Sir Henry Barkly (1815-1898), Governor of the Cape from 1870-1877.
Habitat: Occurring on dry stony ground.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 July 2009

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume II Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 528 - 530. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 322 - 323. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 162.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 228. (Includes a picture).

Leach, L.C. (1974). Stapelieae from South Tropical Africa: IX Kirkia 9(2) Pages 352 - 355. (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 22.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 30.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tavaresia barklyi.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146580, retrieved 23 June 2024

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