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 Raphionacme burkei

Photo by Mireille Riesenbeck.

Author:   Nicholas Edward Brown, 1907
Family:  Asclepiadaceae*
Origin:  Angola, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  30 centimetres?
Height:  1-2 metres?
Flower:  Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Names:  Bushmen: Bi
Synonyms:  -

Photo by Arend Biewenga.

   This member of the  Asclepiadaceae* family was described by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1907. It is found in Angola and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex might grow to 30 centimetres or more, the vines to one or two meters.

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 after Joseph Burke, 1812-1873, an English plant collector.

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

Photo by Arend Biewenga.                 And a big plant I found at Kakteen Haage.