P. namaquanum Elephant trunk(Eng.), Halfmens(Afr.) P. saundersii Kudu lily(Eng.), Koedoelelie(Afr.)
Pachypodium consist of 20 species of caudiciforms succulents of which 5 is indigenous to Africa and the rest from Madagascar. The trunk rarely branches, but they often have bisarre forms. The long, narrow leaves grow only at the top of the trunk, like a palm tree, and at the base of every leave is a hard rigid spike that remains even after leaves disappeared.