Carl Ludwig von Willdenow,
Cape Provinces; South Africa
Sandy - Mix
Medium - Maximum
Pink - Flesh-Coloured - Brown
Lobelia phyteuma, L.
Lobelia nudicaulis, Lam. 1792.
Cyphia serrata, Spreng. 1820.
Cyphia phyteumifolia, St.-Lag. 1880.
This member of the
was given this name by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1798. It is found in Cape
Provinces; South Africa, growing in a well drained sandy or rocky soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to three centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to three centimetres in height. The flowers are whitish to brown or mauve.
The genera name from Cyphi an Egyptian
perfuming powder, due to the scent of the flowers - OR: Greek. kyphos;
'bent'; referring to the shape of the style and stigma.
The species name from the Greek phyteuma; ‘that which is planted’