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 Raphionacme utilis

Photo by Stefan Poremski,

Author:   Nicholas Edward Brown & Otto Stapf, 1908
Family:  Apocynaceae
Origin:  Angola, Cameroon, Malawi, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  10 Centimetres
Flower:  Purple
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -
   This member of the Apocynaceae family was given this name by Nicholas Edward Brown & Otto Stapf in 1908. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Malawi, Za´re and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained bur rather rich soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to ten centimetres in height. The flowers are purple.

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 means 'useful' as it can be eaten.

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

A significantly different looking plant by B.T. Wursten,, who usually is right.