This is a Very rare and particularly beautiful
caudiciform with swollen bases and short grey-green branches that make
it look something like a hedgehog, it is very slow growing and
long-living, some old specimen in Namib desert probably are more than
2000 years old!!!
Cultivation: A. pechuelli is a painfully slow growing species
even slower growing than it’s cousins A. glauca, however it is possible
to increase the speed of growth to some extent by providing adequate
amount of water, warmth, and fertilizer during the active growing
season, but it’s susceptible to rotting if too wet. It like pots with
generous drain holes, need a very porous potting medium (add pumice,
vulcanite, and perlite) seeing that the main trunk is planted with the
majority of the roots below the caudex line. Its rare that it will use
the upper third of its soil and often this area serves like a mulch or
support for the stem. This plant has an excellent heat tolerance, and
need full sun to light shade exposures, it can be grown outdoors in
frost-free climates, need anyway to kept above 4°C and dry in winter.
Propagation: Seeds (cuttings are possible, though they tend not
to form the customary caudex. However, cuttings taken from mature plants
seem to flower more and therefore provide more seed)
Scientific name: Adenia pechuelii
Synonyms: Echinothamnus pechuelii Heinrich Gustav Adolf
Common Names include: Elephant's Foot.
Origin: it is endemic to a wide band of Namibian semi
desert running north from Walvis Bay to central Kunene province. There
are an estimated 30–35 subpopulations with most subpopulations being
described as small. Currently most subpopulations appear to be affected
Habitat: the plants perches and anchors themselves in crevices
in rocks and conserves moisture in their pachypodous trunks. They grow
in a desert where little else can grow.
Description: consists of a large above-ground,
somewhat hemispherical caudex up to 90 cm on a tap root, the fat base is
topped by eccentrically arranged, non-vining branches. This branches are
gray-green, succulent and spineless and make it look something like a
hedgehog or like an oddly shaped rock covered with sparse brush.
bears either male or female lime green flowers in summer on separate
plants, but female flowers will be much more sweetly scented. It will
flower for the first time at an age of over thirty.