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A plant from the wild from Sanbi.org.

Author: Friedrich R. Rudolf Schlechter, 1895
Family:  ASCLEPIADACEAE*
Origin:  Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  6-15 centimetres
Height:  15 centimetres
Flower:  Dark Brown - Blackish
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia rehmannii, Bruyns, 2018.
Brachystelma rehmannii,
Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter, 1896.
Could have been: Ceropegia foetidissima, Bruyns, 2017, nom. illeg.
This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter in 1895. It is found in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow up to fifteen centimetres in diameter, the annual branches reaches ten to fifteen centimetres and the flowers are dark brown into almost black.

The genera name from Greek; 'brachys'  meaning short, and 'stelma' means crown, garland, wreath; alluding to the short staminal corona of some species. The species name foetidum meaning bad-smelling: Intense sent of manure!

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016 is Asclepiadaceae now part of the Apocynaceae.


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