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Photos by Hildor Hoffmann.

Author:  F. Schlechter & A. Rendle, 1896
Origin:  Kenya, Tanzania
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  4-6 Metres
Flower:  Line Green - Yellow-Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Muongwa
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Periplocaceae* family was described by Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter and Alfred Barton Rendle in 1896. Is found in Kenya and Tanzania, growing in a well drained sandy or rocky soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres, the vines from four to six metres. The flowers are lime green to yellow-green.

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

The genera name puzzles me: Base could mean 'base' and nema from Green; 'thread'. It was introduced by Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter & Alfred Barton Rendle, Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 34: 97, t. 36B. 1896. They did not write about the name.
The species is named after J. W. Gregory, who found the plant in Kinani, East Ongalea in 1893.

Flower photo by Rainer Martin, Mbuyu.

Fruit photo by Rainer Martin, Mbuyu.