Robert Brown, 1822
||Medium - Maximum
be: Ceropegia spathulata, Bruyns, 2017.
Stapelia tuberosa Meerburgh, 1789.
Brachystelma caudatum, N.E.Br. ex K.Schum..
Brachystelma crispum, Graham.
Brachystelma spathulatum, Lindl.
Brachystelma tuberosum, R.Br.
Stapelia caudata, Thunb.
This member of the Asclepiadaceae*
family was given this name by Robert Brown in 1822. It is
found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some
water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres, the
branches to fifteen centimetres length. The flowers are dark brown
with small white hairs.
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 referring to the swollen root - which turned out to
be quite common
in that genera!
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.