|Author: ||Friedrich M. Josef Welwitsch, 1869
Pass, Richtersveld; South Africa, Namibia
||Green / Dark
Half a Man, Club Foot, Elephant's Trunk
||Adenium namaquanum, Wyley ex Harvey
This member of the Apocynaceae
family was described by Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch in 1869. It
is only found in a small area, called "The Half Men's Pass" in
Richtersveld, South Africa, and nearby Namibia. It grows on the steep hills with little
water and lots of sun. The stem will grow up to 25 centimetres in
diameter and reach a height of three meters. The flowers are green
with a dark purple inside.
The genera name from Greek; pachys; 'thick' and Greek
podion; 'small foot' for the thick caudiciform trunk, formed by
some species. The species is named after its origin: Namaqualand
This is a winter-grower.