A young plant in culture by Soumen Aditya.
A large, wild plant by Graham Grieve,
A flowering, wild plant by Graham Grieve,
A flower by Graham Grieve,
A unusually exposed caudex by Graham
Hermann A. Theodor Harms,
North-Eastern South Africa
Gravel - Mix
White - Cream
This member of the
was given this name by Hermann August Theodor Harms in 1899. It is only
found in a few locations in the north-eastern South Africa, where only a
few plants are locate: Please; don't buy wild plants! It is growing in a well drained
loamy soil or gravel, among rocks with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
20 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from 20
to 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are white to cream colured. It grows between 1300 and 1500 metres above
Like the close related
A. huillensis from Angola, it lack the
tendrils on the stems. In contrast to
A. huillensis, A. wilmsii
has leaves that are divided with a rounded outline.
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 Friedrich
Wilms, 1848-1919, a German apothecary, botanical collector and
traveller. In 1883, he went on a 13 year collection tour to Africa. He
actually collected this plant.