C.F. Ecklon & C.L.P. Zeyher, 1836
Botswana, Chad, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa,
Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
caffra, Thunberg, 1800.
Claytonia caffra, Kuntze,
Talinum esculentum, Moritz Kurt Dinter & Gustav
August Ludwig David Schellenberg, 1912.
Talinum carinatum, Peter.
Talinum minus, Eckl. & Zeyh.
Talinum peteri, Poelln.
This member of the Talinaceae
family is from southern and eastern Africa. It was
given this name by Christian Friedrich Ecklon and
Carl Ludwig Philipp Zeyher in 1836, grows
in well-drained soil, and takes a lots of water in growing-season and
plenty of sun. As the photo shows, the flowers are bright yellow. The
caudex can reach fifteen centimetres in diameter, the
branches grows to 40 centimetres.
The genera name is derived from the
Senegalese name for a certain species in Senegal. The species name is
derived from the place where it was first collected by the botanist
Thunberg: Kaffraria, now part of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
I bought it
in Australia with the name T. natalensis. An "unknown" name. I'm pretty sure it came from
Australia, the only one with this name on the web. Lost it
while I was in South Africa. At the shores of the Muzi Pan Lake, I
found many dug-up caudexes. Brought back one small one, which turned
up to be a Talinum caffrum.
The locals eat the caudex with relish and salt.