|Author: ||Ramalingam Kottaimuthu, 2019|
Theni District, Megamalai Wildlife
Sanctuary; Nadu; India|
Green / Yellow / Pinkish Brown - Purple|
Brachystelma megamalayanum, Karupp.,
This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family
was given this name by Ramalingam Kottaimuthu in 2019. It is found in the Theni
District, Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu in India, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow from four to six centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
from eight to fifteen centimetres in height. The flowers are yellow, brown, greenish yellow to
pinkish brown, rarely dark purple blotches inside, sometimes dark purple or
brownish above half, mid-vein prominent outside;
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name after
Malayalam, which is the local languish and tribe.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.