The skin and a typical
This member of the Asclepiadaceae*
family was given this name by
Peter René Oscar Bally as Lithocaulon cubiforme in 1959, and
as Pseudolithos cubiformis in 1965. It is found in Somalia,
growing in grit with little water and some sun. It can grow to
twelve centimetres in diameter, and the flowers are green-grey hairy
petals with a purple centre. It has the largest flowers in the genus,
and like the others: It smell like rotting meat.
*This family might been
incorporated in the Apocynaceae
the Greek words 'pseudo' meaning false and 'lithos' meaning stone,
pebble referring to the appearance of the stems. The genus name
implies: 'false stone'.