|Author: ||Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017|
W. Madurai; SE India|
Greenish / Purple-Black|
Brachystelma matthewianum, Bruyns &
Britto, 2016. |
This member of the
was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found a single area
on the eastern slopes of the higher mountains west of Madurai
in the south-eastern India, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
lots of sun. The caudex can grow from three to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to five centimetres in height. The flowers are greenish and purple to black.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name after Koyapillil
Mathai Matthew, 1930–2004, an Indian Jesuit priest and botanist, who worked
in that area.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.