|Author: ||Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017|
North-Eastern South Africa|
Brachystelma pachypodium, R.A.Dyer,
This member of the
was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found in north-eastern
South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
ten centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are bright greenish yellow.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name means 'thick
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.