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Harpagophytum procumbens

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The roots by Uwe Schippmann, Bfn.de.

Author:  Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, 1840
Family:  PEDALIACEAE
Origin:  Namibia
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 centimetres
Height:  30 centimetres
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Devil's Claw, Sengaparile (Tswana), Duiwelsklou (Afrikaans), Grapple Plant, Wood Spider, Harpago
Synonyms:  Uncaria procumbens Burc,k 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', phytum Greek for 'plant'. The species name procumbens means 'grown-growing'.


 Photo from Flipper.diff.org.


The fruit by Roger Culos, Wikimedia.org.