Huernia occulta L.C. Leach & Plowes

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Huernia occulta

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Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

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Synonyms: Ceropegia occultiflora Bruyns
Common names:
Frequency: Very locally frequent
Status: Native
Succulent perennial with slender almost prostrate stems up to 30 cm long. Flowers 1-3 together, facing upwards on pedicels up to 2.5 cm long. Sepals narrowly ovate, 6-9 mm long. Corolla 4-6 cm in diameter, cream-coloured, more or less densely mottled with brownish-red; tube bell-shaped, 7.5-10 mm long, dark maroon inside, shiny at the base; lobes broadly deltate, 10-12 mm long and 14-18 mm wide at the base.
Notes: This species is closely related to H. hislopii but can be readily distinguished by the long and slender, creeping stems.
Derivation of specific name: occulta: concealed or hidden, referring to its habit of growing in deep shade under dense scrub.
Habitat: On Dwalas (Whaleback kopjes), in deep shade, hidden under scrub vegetation such as Coleochloa and Myrothamnus.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Masvingo District Zimbabwe only.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Saturday 16 February 2013

Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Page 168.

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 197 - 199. (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 210 - 211.

Leach, L.C. (1988). A Revision of Huernia R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 4 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 67 - 69. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 133.

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.

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

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 occulta., retrieved 24 June 2024

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