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Photo from Kakteen.cz.


The flower by Ulrich Meve, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.


A wild plant by Robert V. Blitterdorff, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.

 

Author: Daniel Oliver, 1875
Family:  ASCLEPIADACEAE*
Origin:  Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  10-40 Centimetres
Height:  25 Centimetres
Flower:  Dark Purple
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia plocamoides, Bruyns, 2017.
Brachystelma linearifolium,
William Bertram Turrill, 1914.
Brachystelma mortonii, C.C.Walker
Brachystelma parviflorum, J.K.Morton.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Daniel Oliver in 1875. It is found in Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Za´re, and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 18 centimetres, the branches from ten to 40 centimetres. The flowers are green outside and dark purple inside.

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 name means 'look like Plocama', a genera in the Rubiaceae.

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