Re: [IGS] Boesmankers

rhoades, collin wrote:
> 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 boesmankers . 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.

I do not know ANYTHING but sure hope you are right!!!!
My own Sarcocaulon vanderietieae would love some company!!!!
Mimy Sluiter
ps: boesmankers is soutafrican for "bush man's candle" (bosjesmankaars
is the Dutch word)
Any more clues??? (tho hope you are right Colin!)

> -----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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