August Theodor Harms, 1887
Echinothamnus pechuelii, Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1892
This member of the Passifloraceae
family was given this name by Hermann August Theodor Harms in 1887. It is found widely spread around
Namibia, growing on rocks, in grit or other well drained soil with
little water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow from 50 to 100 centimetres
in diameter, and the plant can reach a height of 100 to 150 centimetres. The flowers are red. Some plants are thought to be more than 1000 years old.
The name Adenia
is derived from aden, meaning gland, and pertains to the glands
found on leaves of most of the species.
The species name after Prof. Dr.
Eduard Pechuel Loesche, 1840-1913, a German geographer.