|Author: || Ernest Friedrich Gilg, 1897
|| Somalia, Ethiopia,
||Medium - Maximum
rivae Emilio Chiovenda, 1915
This member of the Portulacaceae family was first described by Ernest
Friedrich Gilg in 1897. It is found in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya,
growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of
sun. The massive swollen stem can grow to 30 centimetres in
diameter. The branches will reach
for three meters, and the flowers are greenish-white.
The species name from
Greek: kalyptra; 'covering, woman's hat, and also Greek;
theke; 'a case' for the dehiscence of the capsule, which opens
from the base with six slits, the top falling off like a loped cap.
The species name indicates it origin from Somalia.