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Photo from Eol.org.


The caudex from Journal of Ethnic Foods.

 

Author: 

Gordon Parker DeWolf, Jr., 1962

Family: 

CAPPARACEAE

Origin: 

Eritrea, S Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Za´re

Soil: 

Mix

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Medium - Maximum

Thickness: 

12 Centimetres

Height: 

100-200 Centimetres

Flower: 

Yellowish-White

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

Courbonia subcordata, Gilg, 1898.
Courbonia nummularifolia, Mattei, 1908.
Courbonia tubulosa, Gilg & Bened.1915.

This member of the Capparaceae family was given this name by Gordon Parker DeWolf, Jr. in 1962. It is found in Eritrea, southern Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Za´re, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from one to two metres in height. The flowers are yellowish white.

The genera name from the the plant's Arabic name: Meru. The species from Latin; sub-; under, and Latin; cordata; 'heart-shaped', as of leaves almost being heart-shaped.


The flower by David Bygott, Eol.org.