|Author: ||Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017|
Port Shepstone; SE South Africa|
Brachystelma tenellum, R.A.Dyer,
This member of the
was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found inland from Port Shepstone
in eastern 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 two to five centimetres in height. The flowers are purple.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name must refer to the
delicate braces; 'tenderest'.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.