This member of the Apocynaceae family, previously the Asclepiadaceae, grows naturally in Namaqualand and the north of the Western Cape. Most of the about 45 species in the Quaqua genus come from roughly this region of South Africa. Many of them are characterized by producing many flowers on each stem. Note the sharp spikes on the conical tubercles on the pale green stem of the plant, showing through among the hairy petal lobes. The tiny central corona divides the yellow of its base into five sectors.
Some Quaqua species have flowers with unpleasant odours, a feature of several plants in other Apocynaceae genera as well. The long maroon petal lobes, each with a little twist near the tip, make Quaqua armata subsp. armata a rather special find in the veld.