Allen Dyer, 1942
Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Purple / Pale Green
root, False Gentian, Khadiwortel, Khadi Root
Brachystelma hirsutum, Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer,
Apoxyanthera pubescens, Hochst.
Mafekingia parquetiana, Baill.
Raphionacme divaricata, Harv.
Raphionacme obovata, Turcz.
Raphionacme pubescens, Hochst.
Raphionacme purpurea, Harv.
This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by
Robert Allen Dyer in 1942. It is found
Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with
quite some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
15 or even 40
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in
flowers are pink to purple with a white centre.
The genera name from Greek
rhaphis; 'beet-root' and akme; 'sharpness' possibly
referring to the taste of the roots - haven't tried yet. The species
name referring to the
the small hairs.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.