Huernia guttata subsp. guttata

Huernia guttata

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


 Stapelia guttata

Masson in  Stap. Nov.: 11, t. 7 (1796).


Etymology: guttatus (Lat.) - dappled, marked with the spots.

Distribution: South Africa (Eastern Cape, Western Cape).

Distribution map

Distribution map of Huernia guttata subsp. guttata (my own records, Leach 1988, Bruyns 2005)

History: Huernia guttata was discovered by Francis Masson and described in 1796 as Stapelia guttata and Stapelia venusta. Stapelia lentiginosa was published by Sims in 1806. Adrian Haworth transfered all of them to the genus Huernia in 1812. Stapelia ocellata and Stapelia venusta (non Masson) with var. minor were described by Nicolaas Jacquin (1806). S. occelata was transfered to the genus Huernia by Schultes (1820).

Alain White and Boyd Sloane recognized H. guttata, H. ocellata and H. venusta in 1937.

Larry Leach recognized subsp. guttata and subsp. calitzdorpensis in H. guttata (1988). Peter Bruyns included subsp. calitzdorpensis as a synonim in H. guttata subsp. guttata. (2005).

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