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Photo from Cactus Art.

Author: Darrel C.H. Plowes, 1996
Origin:  South Africa, Namibia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5-30 Centimetres
Height:  20 (60) Centimetres
Flower:  Cream / Dark Purple
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Stapelia cactiformis, William Jackson Hooker, 1844.
Lavrania cactiformis
,  Bruyns.
Leachia cactiformis
, Plowes.
Leachiella cactiformis
, Plowes.
Trichocaulon cactiformis
, N.E. Br.
Ceropegia cactiformis, Bruyns
Hoodia cactiformis, Halda
Stapelia cactiformis, Hook.
Larryleachia cactiformis var. felina, Bruyns.
By mistake?: Larryleachia cactiforme

This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by Darrel C.H. Plowes in 1996. It is found in South Africa and Namibia on the border to winter rain, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres in diameter (or even 60?), the entire plant to 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are cream with dark purple markings.

The genera name for Leslie (Larry) C. Leach, 1909-1996, an English-born electrical engineer and self-taught botanist in Zimbabwe. The species name as it is cactus-formed.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.

I might not really acknowledge this as a caudiciform, but here it is anyway.