Huernia levyi Oberm.

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Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Robins Camp, Hwange National Park.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Huernia levyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Small succulent, forming loose clumps 8-30 cm in diameter. Stems decumbent, 4-10 long, dull green to purplish; often with faint darker mottling, tubercles 4-10 mm long, deltoid, spreading, laterally flattened, joining at the base, forming 4-5 wing-like angles along the stems, tipped by slightly swollen leaf-rudiments. Inflorescences 1-3-flowered on the lower half of the stems. Flowers developing in gradual succession, 25-40 long and 20-25 mm in diameter, tubular-campanulate, papillate on the outside, purple-pink mottled with cream towards the mouth with 3-5 raised veins running down from the apices of the lobes; inside dark in the lower half, spotted maroon on cream above, papillate almost all over the surface. Lobes short, 5-8 mm long and 12-15 mm wide at the base, deltate, shortly acuminate, somewhat spreading. Corona 4-5 mm tall, 5 mm in diameter; outer lobes dark maroon, fused to to the base of the tube into an indistinct disc; inner lobes 3-3.5 mm long, red to brownish, darker towards the tips.
Notes: Clearly distinguished from related species by the long, tubular flowers and the sharply winged angles on the stems.
Derivation of specific name: levyi: named after Benjamin Levy (1896-?), pharmaceutical chemist and stapeliad collector from the Hwange area.
Habitat: In stony places in hot dry areas among small shrubs or mopane trees.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Tuesday 24 January 2017
Literature:

Bruyns, P.V. (2005). Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa Pages 199 - 201. (Includes a picture).

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 106 - 107.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 14. SABONET. Pretoria. Page 178.

Leach, L.C. (1988). A Revision of Huernia R.Br. (Asclepiadaceae) Excelsa Taxonomic Series No. 4 Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe Pages 69 - 71. (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.

Percy-Lancaster, A. & Richards, D. (1991). A Provisional Checklist of Zimbabwean Succulents, Caudiciforms and Pachycauls. Excelsa 15 Page 71.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 25. Divisions unknown

Plowes, D.C.H. (1971). Stapeliads in Rhodesia Excelsa 1 Page 16. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 27.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Huernia levyi.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146810, retrieved 19 November 2017

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