First described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1866 and later in 1866 by William Henry
Harvey. Belonging to the Asclepiadaceae*
family, and found both in southern Africa and India. It prefers a well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex will
get 20 cm in diameter, and the branches 30 centimetres long. Can only be
reproduced by seeds. I bought mine in Llandilo, Australia, 2002.
It's named after Mary Elizabeth Barber (born in 1818 as Bowker).
It's probably most famous/feared for its flower, which smells like rotten meat!
As far as I remember, all of the branches will fall of in autumn. It can't
stand frost (10 C)
*This family might been incorporated
in the Apocynaceae