Huernia zebrina (Lifesaver Plant)

The Tropical Flowering Zone

Huernia zebrinaHuernia zebrina (Lifesaver Plant) Aka Little owl eyes, Owl eyes, Zebra-stripped Huernia, Carrion flower, or Lifebuoy Huernia is from the genus Huernia (family Apocynaceae). Huernia zebrina has a wide distribution being found in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and the Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Provinces of South Africa. Its subfamily is that of Asclepiadaceae , the milkweed family.

 It is one of the most beautifully flowering huernias. The flower is 6- 7cm in diameter, star-shaped, whitish or yellowish with red or purplish spots and lines. In the middle of corolla there is a vivid annulus, which seems to be made out of rubber or plastic, from which its “lifesaver” popular name derives.

Forms clumps with stems being toothed about 2 cm in diameter. It’s very difficult to realize it’s not a cactus from afar, but on closer inspection, it lacks the areoles, which  are small light- to dark-colored…

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