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Hymenodictyon kaokoensis

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Wild plant by W. Swanepoel, original description.


Another, more errect wild plant by W. Swanepoel.


The swollen roots by W. Swanepoel.


The inflorescence by W. Swanepoel.

Author:  Swanepoel & van Jaarsveld, 2020
Family:  RUBIACEAE
Origin:  N-W Namibia (S. Angola?)
Soil:  Mix - Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  2-5 Metres
Flower:  Purple-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Wessel Swanepoel and Ernst Jacobus Van Jaarsveld, in 2020. It is only found in the mountains
along the Kunene River in the Kaokoveld Centre of Endemism, north-western Namibia, but might eventually be found in southern Angola as well. It is growing in a well drained soil with clay, sand and quarts and not that much water water but lots of sun. The stem can grow to 15 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from two to five metres in height. The flowers are purple-brown.

The genera name from Hymeno; 'membrane', and refers to the thin wing around each seed and dictyon meaning 'reticulate pattern' or 'network'. The species name after the area: Kaokoveld.


The flowers by W. Swanepoel.


The fruits by Ernst J. van Jaarsveld.