Typical leaves with needles.
bush from Namibia.
This member of the Urticaceae
family was named by Ib Friis in 1983. It is found in Mozambique
and eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some
water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow up to 30
centimetres in diameter, the whole tree seven meters height. The
flowers are pale yellow and green.
The genera name puzzles me. Could
be from obesus; 'swollen'?. It was published by
in Voyage autour de Monde éxécuté pendant les Années 1836 et 1837
sur la Corvette la Bonite . . . Botanique 1844. The genera name from
Latin; 'tough' for the branches.
The young plants have swollen