Re: [IGS] Boesmankers

I maybe totally off here but here it goes. Could this possibly be a
sarcocaulon instead of a pelargonium. With their ability to go dormant for
more than a year and the resin filled woody stems it just sounds more like a
sarcocaulon. Does anyone know the meaning of boesmanker . I know that
sarcocaulons are often called Bushman's torch because they evidently make
great fodder for the fire.Do you know if it is a spiny cactus like plant.
-----Original Message-----
From: Mimy Sluiter <manx1@WXS.NL>
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 6:07 AM
Subject: Boesmankers

>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

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