Harveya (plant)

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Harveya capensis seen in South Africa, in 2019]]
Scientific classification


About 40

Harveya is a genus of parasitic plants in the broom-rape family Orobanchaceae. The approximately 40 species included are native to Africa and the Mascarene Islands. In South Africa they are commonly known as 'inkblom', because early settlers used the flowers to make ink, and this is the source of the English common-names for the genus of ink flower or ink plant.[1][2]

It was named after William Henry Harvey, thus achieving one of his childhood ambitions. Discussing his vocational prospects as a youth, Harvey wrote that he was "neither fit to be a doctor nor a lawyer, lacking courage for the one, and face for the other, and application for both.... All I have a taste for is natural history, and that might possibly lead in days to come to a genus called Harveya, and the letters F.L.S. after my name, and with that I shall be content."[3]



  1. ^ Sterkfontein Country Estates - Harveya pumila
  2. ^ Operation Wildflower - Harveya purpurea
  3. ^ Praeger, Robert Lloyd (1913). "William Henry Harvey 1811—1866" . In Oliver, Francis Wall (ed.). Makers of British Botany. Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Nature on the Edge - Harveya capensis
  5. ^ Europeana Collections - Harveya comorensis
  6. ^ Orobranchaceae Travel Blog - Surprises Galore in the Eastern Cape
  7. ^ - Gasy sur le Net
  8. ^ Flora of Yemen
  9. ^ South Africa National Biodiversity Institute - Red List
  10. ^ The Parasitic Plant Connection - Nonphotosythetic Scrophs
  11. ^ Sterkfontein Country Estates - Harveya pumila
  12. ^ CasaBio - Species Harveya purpurea
  13. ^ Pondoland Crew Blog - Escaping from the crowded beaches
  14. ^ JSTOR Global Plants - Harveya speciosa
  15. ^ South Africa National Biodiversity Institute - Harvey squamosa
  16. ^ African Plants - A Photo Guide