Re: [IGS] Boesmankers

> From: Mimy Sluiter <manx1@WXS.NL>
> Subject: Boesmankers
> Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 7:15 PM
> Hello all out there,
> I am awaiting some pelargonium seeds by mail from a friend in South
> Africa and she told me that next to the stuff she got from the two
> botanical gardens she approached for me, also could add seed from a
> plant with the south african name of Boesmanskers and wanted to know if
> I liked that too.
> Of course I did say yes, but I have no idea what it is and since my
> friend is not a Pellie-person herself, just a friend who is nice to me,
> she does not know either, only knows it grows in the wild outside and is
> considered nice. We correspond in Dutch (me) and South-African (she) -
> Southafrican is in fact a 17 century Dutch so this is quite funny
> writing I can tell you! and this is what she wrote about it:
> << My mother had sent me two packets of seed from the Boesmankers. A
> very difficult desert plant. Does not grow easily, also not from seed.
> The stem is covered with a solid layer of ??? and this enables it to
> survive for years in dry circumstances. She had cut a piece of a plant
> she found in Namakwaland and put it in the rock garden as ornamental
> plant. Then a piece moved with us to Namibia, Windhoek, where the piece
> of wood finally made leaves and went into flower - all in all it took 10
> years. The stem must have photosynthised by the brown see through layer
> on the stem and also absorbed water from there - it amazes me how it
> survived! Since I now have some seeds I can of course add that to your
> packages weith pelargoinium seeds >>
> So - I hope some one out there familiar with the South African flora can
> be of some help and tell me what the latin name is, how I should try to
> germinate the seeds and all other info you know!
> Thanx in advance for help
> Mimy Sluiter

Hello again Mimy,
Rachel Saunders at Silverhill could probably help you.  Why not try
e-mailing her at
Geraniaceae is all around the World

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