|Author: ||H.J.T. Venter & R. L. Verhoeven, 1988
N-E South Africa, S Mozambique.
Greenish-Yellow / Maroon
This member of the
Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Hendrik
Johannes Tjaart Venter and Rudolf L. Verhoeven in 1988. It is found
in the small area where South Africa, Eswatini and Mozambique meets, growing in a
sandy soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 15
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in
flowers are greenish yellow and maroon.
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 refer to the
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.