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Species Information

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Harveya huttonii Hiern
(name current 2016)
(Harveya pulchra)
(Harveya silvatica)


Growth form:
Southern African Endemic

Regional distribution:
South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, from the Amatola mountains in the Eastern Cape through the entire Drakensberg range of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the northeast Free State, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Harveya coccinea - Stems erect, up to 75 cm high, usually unbranched, sometimes in large clumps. Stalked glandular hairs throughout. Vestigial leaves few, up to 1,5 cm long. Flower-stalks erect, up to 2 cm long. Flowers scented. Calyx c 1,5 cm long, lobes shorter than tube, rather blunt or slightly pointed; corolla pink, tube up to 4 cm long, cylindrical within calyx, broadening above to c 1,5 cm diam at throat; lobes up to 2 cm long, up to 3 cm across, toothed irregularly along edge. Plants from open high-altitude situations, are much smaller in every way than those in forest.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Randle C P (2006). Revision of Harveya (Orobanchaceae) of Southern Africa. Systematic Botany Monographs, Vol. 80, Revision of Harveya (Orobanchaceae) of Southern Africa (Oct. 30, 2006), pp. 1-74