Author : Harv. ex Hook.f.
Family : Asclepiadaceae
Habitat : South Africa
Brachystelma barberiae is a perennial caudiciform herb, with a dwarf disc-shaped underground tuber. It produces a dense globose inflorescence. The flowers, sometimes produced before the leaf count of up to 50 on hardy specimens, all open at the same time in a spectacular overall mass. The inflorescence is a peculiar cage-like structure. The flowers, about 4 cm long with five narrow corolla lobes united in a cage, are dark purple on the inside, greenish yellow on the outside, with a foul odor of rot. All aerial parts are covered with coarse hairs and produce a watery sap when injured. B. barberae is one of the most spectacular species of the genus and possibly the stinkiest. It is probably the best known cultivated tail milkweed, although it remains very rare in culture.
2 years old seedling. Caudex about 1 cm. Resting in winter
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