|Author: ||Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017|
KwaZulu-Natal, Inanda, Eston, S. Durban;
Cream / Dark Purple|
Brachystelma modestum, Robert
Allen Dyer, 1954|
This member of the
was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found in South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow from two to three centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to three centimetres in height. The flowers are cream and dark purple.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name modestum
appears well deserved since the flowers are so astonishingly attractive,
while the plant itself is hidden in grass in shallow soil among rocks.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.