Stephan F. L. Endlicher, 1839
edulis K.Schum. var. capensis
Asclepias crispa P.J.Bergius, 1767.
Carl Thunberg, 1794.
Gomphocarpus crispus R.Br.1809.
crispa, K.Schumann, 1895.
Fockea edulis var. capensis, G.D.Rowley.
This member of the
Asclepiadaceae* family was
given this name by Stephan Friedrich Ladislaus Endlicher in 1839. It is found in
south-western South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex develops
in the ground, and only in the ground. If it is raised, it will
almost only develop downwards, in the ground. Given prime conditions for a 100
years or two, you will end up with a 60 centimetre caudex with five
meter vines and white flowers.
The genera name after Charles
Focke, 1802-1856, a Dutch botanist, collecting especially in
Surinam. The species name means 'from the Cape' - of South Africa.
As the synonym crispa
implies, it has crisped margined leaves.
*)Accordantly to the
latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016 is Asclepiadaceae now
part of the Apocynaceae.