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Photo by Chris Moore.

Author: Ulrich Meve, 1997
Origin:  Jos Plateau; Nigeria
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  12 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Crème Coloured / Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/(Cuttings?)
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia bracteolata, Bruyns, 2017.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Ulrich Meve in 1997. It was first discovered by Ernst Specks in October 1994 at Jos Plateau, south-east Jos, seven kilometres from Bokkos in Nigeria. It grow in a well drained soil with little to some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 12 centimetres, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are crème coloured and dark brown, and smell like cow-dung.

The genera name from Greek; brachys  meaning 'short', and stelma means 'crown, garland, wreath'; alluding to the short staminal corona of some species. The species is named means 'short shell'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.

Photo by Sylvia Porter.