Huernia humilis

Huernia humilis

Photo by Loukie Viljoen

Huernia humilis (Masson) Haw. in Syn. Pl. Succ.: 30 (1812).

Basionim:

Stapelia humilis

Masson in Stap. Nov.: 10, t. 5 (1796).

Synonims:

Etymology: humilis (Lat.) - small, growing near the ground.

Distribution: South Africa (Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape) - Great Karoo.

Distribution map

Distribution map of Huernia humilis (my own records, Leach 1988, Bruyns 2005)

History: The plant was first collected by Francis Masson. He published it as Stapelia humilis in 1796. Adrian Haworth transfered it to the genus Huernia in 1812.

Huernia thudichumii was discovered by Jacques Thudichum (curator of the Karoo Botanical Garden) about 8 km N of Klaarstroom in 1956. Larry Leach found that it was close related with H. humilis, but notwithstanding he published it as a new species H. thudichumii (1988). Peter Bruyns included it in H. humilis (2005).

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