Rock climber finds rare “cultivated cabbage” at Thabaphaswa

Hermien, our rock climbing adventurer, found this plant while exploring Thabaphaswa Mountain for new climbing routes.

It is Cyhostemma oleraceum. This genus forms part of of the grape family – Vitacea. There are 31 species of this genus in Southern Africa.

This species is seldom seen. Oleraceum derives from Latin for the cultivated cabbage, because of the cabbage like leaves.