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 Raphionacme lanceolata
Author:   Hans Schinz, 1888
Family:  Asclepiadaceae*
Origin:  Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  12 centimetres
Height:  55 centimetres
Flower:  Light Greenish - Yellow-Orange.
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

Another flower by B. T. Wursten,
 The leaves by B. T. Wursten,

   This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Hans Schinz in 1888. It is found in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 12 centimetres, the whole plant up to 55 centimetres. The flowers are from light greenish over yellow to orange.

The genera name from Greek rhaphis; 'beet-root' and akme; 'sharpness' possibly referring to the taste of the roots - haven't tried yet. The species name for the spear-shaped leaves.

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

Photos by Roger and Alison Heath,