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A flowering plant from Desertcreations.wordpress.com
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Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1866
Family:  ASCLEPIADACEAE**
Origin:  South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  25 Centimetres
Flower:  Brown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia barberae, Bruyns, 2017.
Dichaelia barberiae / barberae Bullock 1953.
Also seen as: Brachystelma barberae

First described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1866 and later in 1866, given this genera name by William Henry Harvey. Belonging to the Asclepiadaceae
*  family, and found in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It preferring a well-drained soil with some water and  lots of sun. The caudex will get 20 cm in diameter, and the branches 30 centimetres long. It can only be reproduced by seeds. I bought mine in Llandilo, Australia, 2002.

The genera name from Greek; brachys  meaning 'short', and stelma means 'crown, garland, wreath'; alluding to the short staminal corona of some species. The species is named after Mary Elizabeth Barber (born in 1818 as Bowker).

It's probably most famous/feared for its flower, which smells like rotten meat!

As far as I remember, all of the branches will fall of in autumn. It can't stand frost (need above 10 C).

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


The leaves of an adult plant by Stan Shebs, Wikidata.org.