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Family: ASCLEPIADACEAE* 

 Raphionacme angolensis
 
 
Author:   Nicholas Edward Brown, 1895
Family:  Asclepiadaceae*
Origin:  Angola, Tanzania
Soil:  Grit or Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  20 centimetres
Height:  60 centimetres
Flower:  Greenish/Red-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Zaczatea angolensis Baillion, 1889


Photo from Caudexmania.


 

   This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1895. It is found in Angola and Tanzania, growing in girth or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres in diameter. The stem to 60 centimetres height. The flowers are greenish and red-brown.

The genera name from Greek rhaphis; 'beet-root' and akme; 'sharpness' possibly referring to the taste of the roots - haven't tried yet. The species name as it was found in Angola.

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

 
 Photo from Caudexmania.   Photo from Art Pacheco III. The small leaves make me doubt the ID.