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Photo by Cameron McMaster.

A plant by Hans Huizing of Meppel, Netherlands.

The flower by Cameron McMaster.

Author: Peter Vincent Bruyns, 2017
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  7 Centimetres
Flower:  Dark Brownish Purple
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Brachystelma cathcartense, R.A.Dyer, 1971

This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by Peter Vincent Bruyns in 2017. It is found only in the Cathcart district in the eastern Cape; South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to seven centimetres in height, twice as high in culture. The flowers are dark brownish purple.

The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning 'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name after the area it is found in; Cathcart district in the eastern Cape.

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

A drawing by Vera Voortman,showing the characteristic flat top of the caudex.