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Photo by Xero Sicyos;

The flower by Androstachys,

Author: Robert Allen Dyer, 1942
Origin:  Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  15-40 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Pink - Purple / Pale Green
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Water root, False Gentian, Khadiwortel, Khadi Root
Synonyms:  Brachystelma hirsutum, Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer, 1838. 
Apoxyanthera pubescens, Hochst.
Mafekingia parquetiana,
Raphionacme divaricata,
Raphionacme obovata,
Raphionacme pubescens,
Raphionacme purpurea,

This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by Robert Allen Dyer in 1942. It is found in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with quite some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 15 or even 40 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are pink to purple with a white centre.

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 referring to the the small hairs.

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