This member of the Pedaliaceae family was
given this name by Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch in 1869. It is found in
south western Africa, more specific Angola, Namibia and South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The
fatten stem can reach 30 centimetres in diameter, the flat bush can
reach 150 centimetres in height and a couple of metres in diameter.
The flowers are from white to pale pink.
Named after the Benguella
Current, passing southern Africa on the western coast.