The flower by Anka Eichhoff,
This member of the
Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Friedrich
Richard Rudolf Schlechter in 1895. It is found
Botswana, Namibia, northern South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, growing in a
sandy soil with
little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 20
or even 30
centimetres in diameter. It can be real flat and is buried in the
wild. The entire plant to 10 to 20 centimetres in
flowers are pale green and 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 from velvety or velutinous,
covered in dense soft short hairs.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.