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Found this plant at Grootscholten.


The flower by Chris Pintozzi.

Author:  Nicholas Edward Brown, 1895
Family:  ASCLEPIADACEAE*
Origin:  Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zare, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  12-30 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow / Dark Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia buchananii, Bruyns, 2017.
Brachystelma magicum, N.E.Br.
Brachystelma nauseosum, De Wild.
Brachystelma shirense, Schltr.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was describe by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1908. It is found in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zare and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to eight centimetres, the branches from twelve to 30 centimetres length. The large flowers are yellow and dark brown.

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 John Buchanan, 1819 1898, a New Zealand botanist and scientific artist.

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