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Photo by Mireille Riesenbeck.

Author:  Friedrich R.R. Schlechter, 1895
Origin:  Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  75 Centimetres
Flower:  Pale Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was described by Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter in 1895. It is found in
Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, growing in a well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can reach 20 centimetres or more in diameter, the vines will reach for 75 centimetres. The deciduous flowers are a pale green star with a purple centre. It can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.

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 means 'lying' or 'outstretched' for the growth form.

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

 A plant I found at Kakteen Haage.