Huernia volkartii Werderm. & Peitscher
var. volkartii

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Huernia volkartii var. volkartii

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Huernia volkartii var. volkartii

Photo: Martin Heigan

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Synonyms: Ceropegia volkartii (Werderm. & Peitscher) bruyns
Huernia montana Kers
Common names:
Status: Native
Succulent perennial forming clumps or mats up to 1 m in diameter. Stems decumbent or erect, 25-300 mm long, grey-green to reddish. Inflorescences 1-3 flowers together at the base of the stems on pedicels 6-12 mm long, facing slightly upwards. Sepals 5-8 mm long. Corolla 20-30 mm wide, bell-shaped, cream suffused with maroon or brown, papillate outside; inside cream with irregular concentric maroon rings in the tube and blotches on the lobes, densely papillate; tube 6-9 mm longl lobes deltate, 4.5-9 mm long and 70-9.5 mm wide, slightly folded up towards the tips.
Derivation of specific name: volkartii: after George Volkart from Switzerland, friend of botanist John Gossweiler who published this taxon.
Habitat: In leaflitter and in shallow soils over rock in Brachystegia woodland or on granite outcrops among clumps of Myrothamnus flabellifolius or carpets of Selaginella dregei<
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1550 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Asclepiadaceae Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants Springer-Verlag Pages 173 - 174.

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 201 - 202. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 171.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 211 - 212.

Leach, L.C. (1988). A Revision of Huernia R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 4 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 76 - 78. (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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Huernia volkartii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Huernia volkartii
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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 volkartii var. volkartii., retrieved 31 May 2024

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