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Family: PEDALIACEAE 

 Harpagophytum procumbens
 

  
Author:  Augustin Pyramus de Candolle 1840
Family:  Pedaliaceae
Habitat:  Namibia
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 centimetres
Height:  30 centimetres
Flower:  Red
Reproduction:  Seeds/Bulbs
Pop names:  Devil's claw, Sengaparile (Tswana), Duiwelsklou (Afrikaans), Grapple plant, Wood spider, Harpago
Synonyms:  Uncaria procumbens Burck 1822
  

This member of the Pedaliaceae family was given this name by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle in 1840. It is found in Namibia, growing in grit with some water and lots of sun. The potato-like bulbs grows to 600 grams, the stems to 30 centimetres. The flowers are red. Used in medicine.

Latin: Harpagos is Greek for grappling hook.

Photo from: Bonn University.