This evergreen member
of the Ruscaceae family was given this name by Carl Sigismund Knuth in 1850. It is found
on the Canary and Madeira Islands, growing in a rich peat with
lots of water and some sun. The rhizomes grow up to four centimetres
in diameter, the climbing vines can reach ten meters in length. The
flowers are crème coloured or pale yellow, the fruits are red, one centimetre
The bizarre leaves with the flowers at the edges are actually not
leaves at all, but flattened branches known as phylloclades or
Might be confused with
Semele menezesi Costa 1927 (Pinheiro
de Carvalho) from Madeira.
Semele is the name of the mother of Bacchus,
from andros , that means masculine and gyne , that
means feminine, referring to the hermaphrodite flowers.