Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern South
Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
||Sand - Mix
Plant, Devilís Claw Root
Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. schijffii, Ihlenf. &
Harpagophytum zeyheri subsp. sublobatum, Ihlenf.
This member of the Pedaliaceae family was given this name by
Joseph Decaisne in 1865. It is found
in Angola, Botswana,
Caprivi Strip, Mozambique, Namibia, northern South Africa, Zambia 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
flowers are pink to purple with a white centre.
The "hooks" on the seed
capsule are not as significant as
Latin: Harpagos is Greek for
'grappling hook', phytum Greek for 'plant'.
The species: zeyheri is
named in honour of Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist.