Huernia hystrix (Hook. f.) N.E. Br.
var. hystrix

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Huernia hystrix var. hystrix

Photo: Ton Rulkens
close to Inharrime river, Zavala District, Inhambane province

Huernia hystrix var. hystrix

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District

Huernia hystrix var. hystrix

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District

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Synonyms: Ceropegia hystrix (Hook. f.) Bruyns
Huernia appendiculata A. Berger
Huernia hystrix (Hook. f.) N.E. Br. var. appendiculata (A. Berger) A.C. White & B. Sloane
Stapelia hystrix Hook. f.
Common names: Porcupine huernia (English) Toad plant (English)
Status: Native
Succulent perennial, 3-7 cm tall. Stems 9-13 mm in diameter, 5-angled, tubercles tipped with a hard tooth. Flowers 2.5-5 cm in diameter with spreading lobes, covered on the inside with fleshy pointed papillae.
Derivation of specific name: hystrix: spiny (like a porcupine), referring to the spiny, fleshy papillae, which cover the inner surface of the corolla.
Habitat: In shelter of shrubs in dry rocky scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, southeastern Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 164. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 187 - 188. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 25. as Huernia hystrix

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 178.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 207 - 208. (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 82 - 84. (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).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 270 - 271. (Includes a picture).

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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: Huernia hystrix var. hystrix., retrieved 20 June 2024

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