Native to SW. Africa and S. Africa, this genus consists of small plants with prostrate stems forming clumps. The stems are 4- to 6-angled, short and thick, with short teeth. The flowers are solitary, or grow several together, like small stars. Cultivation is as for Stapelia. About 15 species are classified.

Duvalia elegans. Cape Province. The stems are prostrate, about 1 inches long and I inch thick; the angles blunt and toothed. Flowers are blackish-violet inside, with long purple hairs.

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