Photo by Andrew Hankey, Ispotnature.org.
This drawing might be wrong, as the
leaves should be "more or less spathulate, oblong-elliptic to suborbicular,
up to 20 mm long, sparsely pubescent above, glabrescent below, crisped
ciliate on margin; midrib prominent below, purple-tinged; petioles 8-16 mm
long, grooved down upper surface".
|Author: ||Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017|
Eastern Transvaal; South Africa|
Mix - Grit|
Medium - Maximum|
Greenish Cream / Red - Maroon - Purple|
Brachystelma minus + Brachystelma
minor, Eileen Adelaide Bruce, 1951|
This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family
was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found in Eastern Transvaal
in South Africa, growing in grit or another well drained soil with some water and
some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
from three to ten centimetres in height. The flowers are mainly dark red to maroon.
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 size of
the exposed part of the plant.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.
Another plant by M. Lötter, Sanbi.org.