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Family: PEDALIACEAE 

 Harpagophytum zeyheri
 

Harpagophytum zeyheri
subsp. sublobatum by
Bart Wursten

  
Author:  Joseph Decaisne 1865
Family:  Pedaliaceae
Habitat:  Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  28 Centimetres
Flower:  Pink - Purple
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Grapple Plant, Devilís Claw Root
Synonyms:  -

The flowers by  Bart Wursten

   This member of the Pedaliaceae family was given this name by Joseph Decaisne in 1865. It is found in Namibia and Zambia south to Botswana and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil like sand with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to eight centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 28 centimetres in length. The flowers are pink to purple with a white centre.

 The "hooks" on the seed capsule are not as significant as Harpagophytum procumbens'.

Latin: Harpagos is Greek for grappling hook. The species: zeyheri is named in honour of Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist.