Brachystelma viridiflorum Turrill
Raphionacme burkei N.E.Br.
Raphionacme dinteri Schltr. ex Schinz
Raphionacme velutina is a herbaceous perennial plant producing one or more erect, branching stems 8 - 20cm tall from an underground tuber[
This plant is highly valued by traditional peoples as a source of drinkable liquid in very dry and harsh environments - the root being dug up and squeezed to release its liquid load.
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.
Found at elevations from 800 - 1,600 metres[
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Found in the wild in dry, open places, uually in sandy soils[
Root - raw[
]. Used as a source of drinkable liquid in the desert and sub-arid regions, the root is dug up and, when squeezed, releases a large amount of fluid[
]. The more or less spherical tuber can be 20cm or more in diameter[
All parts of the plant exude a white latex if injured[
]. No uses are recorded for this latex.
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