Pauline Lesley Perry, 1989
Steinkopf, NW South Africa
Grit - Mix
White / Light Green
This member of the
was given this name by Pauline Lesley Perry in 1989. It is found around
Steinkopf in north-western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil
with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 2,5 centimetres
in diameter and eight centimetres long, the entire plant from six to ten
centimetres in height. The flowers are white with a light green midnerve.
The genera name from Greek; erion; 'woll' and Greek sperma;
'seed'. The species name after the farm it first was found on:
Ratelpoort, just 30 kilometres south of Steinkopf - or 30 kilometres
north of Springbok. Should mean 'ratchet gate'.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
is now part of
in late autumn, then the leaves emerges in winter.