The flower by
This member of the Fabaceae family was
given this name by Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer in 1836. It is found in
the Eastern Cape; South Africa: Tambukiland. It will grow in most
kind of soils, but prefers a drained but rich mix with some water and
some to lots of sun. The swollen root can grow to 25
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant will reach from one to two
The name originate from the
Greek word: "akanthos" meaning thorn and "karpos" meaning fruit, in
reference to the spiny pods.
*) This little, beautiful bush
was cultivated in the 1800's, and the former Latin name have
remained, although Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze transferred it to another
genera in 1891: Corallodendron.