Apoxyanthera pubescens Hochst.
Brachystelma hirsutum E.Mey.
Mafekingia parquetina Baill.
Raphionacme divaricata Harv.
Raphionacme obovata Turcz.
Raphionacme pubescens (Hochst.) Hochst.
Raphionacme purpurea Harv.
Plant growing in native habitat in Swartkop area, western Johannesburg, South Africa
Photograph by: Androstachys
Raphionacme hirsuta is a perennial plant with a large, tuberous rootstock that can be 40cm in diameter, producing several stems from 2 - 40cm tall[
The root is sometimes harvested from the wild and used to make an intoxicating drink.
Southern Africa - Botswana, S. Africa.
Grassland, in freely draining soils, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
A plant of the subtropics, just entering into the tropics in southern Africa.
Requires a very free-draining soil with plenty of moisture in the growing season and a distinct dry season when it is dormant.
The plant has a large underground tuber which is mixed with sugar and brewed into an intoxicating beer[
]. Yeast or moulds that grow on the roots apparently contribute to the fermentation process[
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