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To my big surprise, I fail to find any photos or even a drawings. Please, if you have photos of this plant.

Same goes for Raphionacme inconspicua,Jacob Huber, 1955 and Raphionacme sylvicola, E. Retief & H.J.T. Venter, 2000.


E. Retief & H.J.T. Venter, 1983



Origin:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia
Soil:  Limestone
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum

5 Centimetres


10 Centimetres

Flower:  Purple/Whitish


Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Elizabeth Retief and Hendrik Johannes Tjaart Venter in 1983. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya and the Somali Republic, growing in a well drained limestone soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, seven long, the entire plant to ten centimetres in height. The flowers are whitish and purple.

The genera name from Greek rhaphis; 'beet-root' and akme; 'sharpness' possibly referring to the taste of the roots - haven't tried yet. The species name for its northern appearance. 

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