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  1. Family: Apocynaceae Juss.
    1. Huernia R.Br.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, Eritrea to S. Africa, Arabian Peninsula.


    Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

    Clump-forming or creeping stem-succulents.
    Latex clear or at most cloudy
    Shoots green or blue-green, cylindrical, roundly or sharply 4- to 6-angled.
    Leaf rudiments spreading to ascending, sessile, caducous, sometimes spinescent; stipules absent.
    Inflorescences, 1–6-flowered, basal, pedunculate
    Flowers often foetid
    Corolla 5lobed, but often with small intermediate bulges or lobules in the sinuses of the principal lobes, rotate, campanulate, cyathiform, elongated-conical, urceolate or globose, fused for most of its length, tube often with with central annulus (corolline corona), corolla lobes triangular, abaxially occasionally warty, adaxially often warty or rugose, glabrous, often scuptured with massive conical to cylindrical emergences, often tipped by a papilla or trichome, variously coloured and/or patterned
    Gynostegial corona in 2 series: “outer” corona with 5 free staminal and 5 interstaminal parts fused to form a basal ring or disc appressed to corolla tube, free interstaminal corona lobes, if differentiated, lingulate or rectangular; “inner” corona of staminal lobes atop gynostegium, dolabriform, triangular or clavate, often with a humped back, erect, reflexed or inflexed
    Gynostegium sessile, with elongated filament tube and little humps below each widened mouth of vertical anther wings
    Pollinia oblong-ellipsoid; corpusculum with triangular to oblong basal projections
    Mericarps two, fusiform, seeds ovate, broadly winged.
    Sixty-seven species in Africa and Arabia, with a centre of distribution in southern Africa.



    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Huernia R.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Greenway, P.J. 30514.000
    Bally, P.R.O. [S.188] 31712.000
    Collenette, I.S. [6342], Saudi Arabia 52268.000
    Collenette, I.S. [633], Saudi Arabia 54027.000
    Collenette, I.S. [6871], Saudi Arabia 54297.000
    Collenette, I.S. [7785], Saudi Arabia 57339.000
    Lavranos [13137A] 52431.000
    Lavranos [13071] 53867.000
    Wood, J.R.I. [3037], Yemen 44124.000
    Wood, J.R.I. [3271], Yemen 45707.000
    Spaikes 31251.000
    Collenette, J.S. [8267], Saudi Arabia 58350.000
    Collenette, I. S. [3180], Saudi Arabia 42835.000
    Gibbs, L. S. [10735], Zimbabwe 5354.000


    First published in Asclepiadeae: 11 (1810)

    Accepted by

    • Goyder, S., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Apocynaceae(2): 1-530.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Albers, F. & Meve, U. (eds.) (2002). Illustrated handbook of succulent plants Asclepiadaceae, corr. 2nd printing: 1-318. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg,New York.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Excelsa Tax. Ser. 4: 1–196 (1988)
    • Asclepiadeae: 11 (1810)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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