Huernia barbata (Masson) Haw. in Syn. Pl. Succ.: 31 (1812).
Etymology: barbatus (lat.) - bearded
Distribution: South Africa (Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Free State), Lesotho.
History: Huernia barbata was discovered by Francis Masson and described in 1796 as Stapelia barbata. Adrian Haworth transfered it to the genus Huernia and described new Huernia crispa in 1812. Stapelia tubata and Stapelia duodecimfida were described by Nicolaas Jacquin (1806). Haworth transfered S. tubata (1812) to genus Huernia. S. duodecimfida was transfered to Huernia by Sweet (1830).
Alain White and Boyd Sloane recognized H. barbata with var. griquensis and var. tubata in 1937.