Harpagophytum procumbens (Burch.) DC. ex Meisn.

First published in Pl. Vasc. Gen.: 206 (1840)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Africa. It is a tuberous geophyte and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Distribution

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Synonyms

Homotypic Synonyms

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Gibbs Russell, G. E., W. G. Welman, E. Reitief, K. L. Immelman, G. Germishuizen, B. J. Pienaar, M. v. Wyk & A. Nicholas (1987). List of species of southern African plants. Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa 2: 1-152.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 8(3): 1-118. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Kew Species Profiles

  • Golding, J.S. (2002). Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report (SANBI). Report No.14. Southern Africa Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET.
  • Kathe, W., Barsch, F. & Honnef, S. (2003). Trade in Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) in Germany – Status, Trends and Certification. FAO report.
  • Launert, E. (ed) (1988). Pedaliaceae. In: Flora Zambesiaca, Vol. 8, Part 3. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • McGregor, G., Fiebich, B., Wartenberg, A., Brien, S., Lewith, G. & Wegener, T. (2005). Devil’s claw ( Harpagophytum procumbens): an anti-inflammatory herb with therapeutic potential. Phytochemistry Reviews. 4 (1): 47-53. Springer, Netherlands.
  • Smithies, S. (2006). Harpagophytum procumbens. South African National Biodiversity Institute.
  • Stewart, K.M. & Cole, D. (2005). The commercial harvest of devil's claw ( Harpagophytum spp.) in southern Africa: the devil's in the details. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 100 (3): 225-236.
  • Van Rooyen, N. (2001). Flowering plants of the Kalahari dunes. Ekotrust.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Gibbs Russell, G. E., W. G. Welman, E. Reitief, K. L. Immelman, G. Germishuizen, B. J. Pienaar, M. v. Wyk & A. Nicholas (1987). List of species of southern African plants. Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa 2: 1-152.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 8(3): 1-118. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1985 Chisumpa, S.M. [662], Zambia K000057619 No
Jan 1, 1985 De Koning, D. [8142], Mozambique K000057617 No
Jan 1, 1969 Werger, M.J.A. [239], South Africa K000057741 No
Jan 1, 1969 Morris, J.W. [1203], South Africa K000057744 No
Jan 1, 1968 Wanntorp, H. [163], Namibia K000057739 No
Jan 1, 1967 Schlieben [11038], South Africa K000057742 No
Jan 1, 1965 Giess, W. [8521], Namibia K000057738 No
Jan 1, 1962 Leistner, O.A. [2956], South Africa K000057743 No
Jan 1, 1959 Werdermann, E. [2298], Namibia K000057740 No
Plowes, D.C.H. [3156], Zimbabwe K000057616 No
Burrt Davy, J. [5335], South Africa K000057745 No

Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Species Profiles

    • Kew Species Profiles
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0