Pachypodium namaquanum (Wyley ex Harv.) Welw.
  • Trans. Linn. Soc. London 27: 45 (1869) 
  • Halfmens

Notes: Distribution: S. Namibia to NW. Cape Prov.

General Description

stem erect, 5–6 ft. high, thick and fleshy, tapering upwards, tubercled throughout, each tubercle armed with a pair of long straight spreading spines; leaves crowded at the summit, obovate-oblong to oblong, obtuse or acute, shortly attenuate at the base, wavy, 4–5 in. long, 2–2 1/2 in. broad, densely velvety on both sides, yellowish in the dry state; secondary nerves very slender, oblique, 1 1/2–2 lin. distant; petiole indistinct; flowers in scanty cymes from the axils of the leaves, on short villous peduncles; bracts oblong, acute, 6 lin. long, villous, with membranous margins; pedicels very short; calyx 4–5 lin. long; sepals resembling the bracts in structure and shape; corolla reddish, tinged with yellow and green, tubular, slightly widened upwards, loosely pubescent without; tube about 1 in. long, silky just above the stamens and along five lines below them; lobes ovate-elliptic, obtuse, 3 lin. long; stamens inserted 3 1/2 lin. above the corolla base, 3 lin. long.

Swollen-stemmed tree, up to 3 m tall, stems 1-few, up to 300 mm diam., tapering towards tip, covered with spirally arranged tubercles, each tipped with 3 spines up to 70 mm long. Leaves in an apical rosette, ± lanceolate, 30-120 x 10-40 mm, stiffly pubesc


Rocky arid slopes.


Rosh Pinah to near Goodhouse, Pella and Steinkopf.

South Africa Great Namaqualand; by the “Lions River,” a tributary of the Orange River, {i}Paterson!{/i} Little Namaqualand; without precise locality, {i}Wyley!{/i}


in Trans. Linn. Soc. xxvii. 45

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Southern Africa Cape Provinces
  • Namibia

Common Names



  • 1 Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia , rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 3 By Ottostapf. (1909) Apocynaceæ. Flora Capensis 4 (0)

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Strelitzia 30
Strelitzia 30: Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region volume 2: The Extra Cape Flora. Edited by D.A. Snijman (2013)
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