Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1866
South Africa, Zimbabwe
Ceropegia barberae, Bruyns, 2017.
/ barberae Bullock 1953.
Also seen as: Brachystelma barberÍae
First described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1866 and later in 1866, given
this genera name by William Henry
Harvey. Belonging to the Asclepiadaceae*
family, and found in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It preferring a well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex will
get 20 cm in diameter, and the branches 30 centimetres long. It can only be
reproduced by seeds. I bought mine in Llandilo, Australia, 2002.
The genera name from Greek; brachys
meaning 'short', and stelma means 'crown, garland, wreath'; alluding
to the short staminal corona of some species.
The species is named after Mary Elizabeth Barber (born in 1818 as Bowker).
It's probably most famous/feared for its flower, which smells like rotten meat!
As far as I remember, all of the branches will fall of in autumn. It can't
stand frost (need above 10 C).
**)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.