This member of the
Gunneraceae family was
given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1767. It is found in all the way
from Congo through
Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan;
Tanzania, Uganda down to South Africa and even on MAdagascar.
It can be found along rivers and creeks, growing in a rich soil with
lots of water and some to lots of sun. The rhizomes can grow to
three centimetres in diameter and a meter long. Depending on the
conditions, the plant grow from fifteen centimetres to one meter.
The flowers are from pink over pale violet to reddish brown.
Also seen as a member of the
Named after Johan Ernst
Gunnerus (1718-1773), Bishop of Trondheim - and botanist. Latin,
perpenso: weigh exactly.