Vincent Bruyns, 2017
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Green - Brownish / Green
Brachystelma chlorozonum, Eileen Adelaide Bruce, 1939
This member of the
Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Peter
Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found
in KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Provinces in South Africa and
in Mozambique, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to seven
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from ten to twenty centimetres in
flowers are light and dark green or brownish and green.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like
candles. The species name is a strange mix of the Green chloros
and Latin zona,
meaning green band, referring to the banded colouring of the flower.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.