Duvalia caespitosa

Duvalia caespitosa

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Duvalia caespitosa

Duvalia caespitosa is a Stapeliad with small, succulent stems which creep along the ground, rooting as they go, to form a mat. The dull blue-green…


This species is recognised by its flower, which is held on a short stalk from the lower part of the stem. Like all Duvalia species, the D.caespitosa flower has five radiating corolla lobes (petals) that each have their sides folded down longitudinally.

However, the lobes of D. caespitosa flowers are tightly folded, and therefore appear thin and spike-like. They are matte or sometimes slightly glossy.

In D. caespitosa, the raised annulus in the centre of the flower is also very prominent, and is hairless or only very faintly pubescent. The annulus is usually a dark red-brown, but is yellow and spotted around the edge of the corona disc. The central corona disc is usually a dull red-brown, but can sometimes be pale. It is smaller than the annulus, revealing the top of latter around its circumference. [1]

Subsp. vestita [ edit ]

Duvalia vestita is sometimes considered to be a subspecies of D. caespitosa. It has lobes that are slightly more spread out. The Corolla is noticeably hairy and very dark red (almost black).

The distribution of vestita is in the far south of the D. caespitosa range - mainly in the western Overberg region, south of the Langeberg mountains.

Duvalia vestita is rarely recorded from the Robertson Karoo and Breede River Valley. Here, it co-occurs with typical D.caespitosa and with Duvalia elegans, and tends to merge with the typical D. caespitosa.

It also extends south into the western Overberg (Greyton, Bredasdorp, Wiesdrift, Struisbaai, Malgas), where it co-occurs with Duvalia elegans. (The typical hairless-flowered D. caespitosa does not occur in the Overberg) [2]


Name Status Confi­dence level Source Date supplied
Duvalia concolor (Salm-Dyck) Schltr. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia emiliana A.C.White Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia glomerata Haw. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia hirtella (Jacq.) Sweet Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia hirtella var. minor N.E.Br. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia hirtella var. obscura N.E.Br. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia laevigata Haw. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia propinqua A.Berger Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia radiata (Sims) Haw. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia radiata var. hirtella (Jacq.) A.C.White & B.Sloane Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia radiata var. minor (N.E.Br.) A.C.White & B.Sloane Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia radiata var. obscura (N.E.Br.) A.C.White & B.Sloane Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia reclinata (Masson) Haw. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia replicata (Jacq.) Sweet Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Duvalia tuberculata Haw. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stapelia caespitosa Masson Unresolved WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stapelia concolor Salm-Dyck Synonym TRO 2012-04-18
Stapelia cymosa Schult. Unresolved WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stapelia glomerata Haw. Unresolved WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stapelia hirtella Jacq. Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stapelia laevigata Haw. Unresolved WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stapelia radiata Sims Synonym WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23
Stisseria caespitosa (Haw.) Kuntze Synonym TRO 2012-04-18
Stisseria concolor (Salm-Dyck) Kuntze Synonym TRO 2012-04-18
Stisseria glomerata (Haw.) Kuntze Synonym TRO 2012-04-18
Stisseria hirtella (Jacq.) Kuntze Synonym TRO 2012-04-18
Stisseria laevigata (Haw.) Kuntze Synonym TRO 2012-04-18
Stisseria radiata Kuntze Unresolved WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23

This species contains the following infraspecific taxa*.

Name Status Confi­dence level Source Date supplied Synonyms
Duvalia caespitosa var. compacta (Haw.) Meve Accepted WCSP (in review) 2012-03-23 4

The Plant List does not attempt to include all infraspecific taxa.


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