Vincent Bruyns, 2017
Brachystelma cathcartense, R.A.Dyer, 1971
This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by
Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found
only in the Cathcart district in the eastern Cape; South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to seven centimetres in
height, twice as high in culture. The
flowers are dark brownish purple.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like
candles. The species name after the
area it is found in; Cathcart district in the eastern Cape.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.