This member of the
Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Emilio
Chiovenda in 1937. It is found in Somalia, growing in grit
with little water and some sun, It will grow up to two and a half
centimetres in diameter and three to thirteen centimetres height.
The flowers are cream and brown.
Caralluma crassa, Nicholas Edward Brown 1935.
Drakebrockmania crassa A.C. White & B.
By mistake?: Whitesloanea crassa
*This family might be incorporated in the Apocynaceae family now.
This plant is thought to be very rare, because
individuals are found growing very far apart from one another and
never in large populations. Its protected by the locals, being
some kind of sacred medicine. It is said: "They kill you, if you take it with you".
Some sources claims it have gone in the wild, due to war and
The genera is named in honour
of Alain Campbell White and Boyd Lincoln Sloane, two American