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Author: Ralph Peckover, 1996
Origin:  Ruvuma Province, Tanzania
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Crème Colour / Dark Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia maritae, Bruyns, 2017.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was described by Ralph Peckover in 1996. It is found in the Ruvuma Province of Tanzania, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the stem up to 30 centimetres height. The flowers are crème coloured with a dark brown centre. 

The genera name from Greek; brachys  meaning 'short', and stelma means 'crown, garland, wreath'; alluding to the short staminal corona of some species. Found by Ernst Specks and named after his wife; frau Marita Specks.

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

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