Petalidium “koppie”

I do not know what to say about this species. We were calling it Petalidium ‘koppie’ (sp. nov.) for the longest time. But recent anatomical work (spearheaded by PhD student Palm Chumchim, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) leads me to think it might not be a Petalidium after all. You will note that we collected it more or less sterile (only with old bracts). I maintain my bewilderment until I see flowering or fruiting material.

I love the first photo – Lucinda looks absolutely as perplexed as I am about this plant. Yet at home and happy in that sweet desert wash… en route to the Baynes Mtns, extreme northern Namibia.

Wild collected, Namibia, Tripp, McDade, & Dexter #4064 (RSA-POM); Photo by Erin Tripp

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