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Photo by D.C..H Plowes, Zimbabweflora.co.zw. 


 A plant with exposed caudex by Ernst Specks.

Author: Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017
Family:  ASCLEPIADACEAE*
Origin:   NE South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  12 Centimetres
Flower:   Deep Maroon - Purple
PropagateSeeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Brachystelma floribundum, William Bertram Turrill, 1922.
Brachystelma duplicatum
, R.A. Dyer, 1979.
Brachystelma floribundum var. mlimakito, Masinde.
Ceropegia floribundior var. mlimakito, Bruyns.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found in north-eastern South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to tvelwe centimetres in height. The flowers are deep maroon to purple.

The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning 'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name  referring to the many flowers.

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