This member of the
Geraniaceae family was given this name by Carl Ludwig
von Willdenow in 1800. It is found
in on both sides of the South African - Namibian border, growing in a
real well drained soil with not that much water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow to
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from 50 to 130 or even 200 centimetres in
flowers are white with red markings.
The species name refers to the leaf
petioles which harden and become spiny. It might help the plant
harvesting the morning drew, supplementing the 200 millimetres of
This is a winter grower,
flowering late in the growing season.