This member of the Ruscaceae
family was described by Peter Frederick Yeo in 1966. It is found on Madeira,
growing in peat with some water and some sun. It will grow up to 40
centimetres, the flowers are white and blue, and the ear-ring-like
fruits are red.
genera name is from its old Latin name. The species name means
'twisted-leaved'. Bit strange, considering it has none....
The bizarre "leaves" with
the flowers in the middle are actually not leaves at all, but
flattened branches known as phylloclades or cladodes.
')Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
now part of