Halfmens (Afr.), Koedoelelie (Afr.), Kudu lily
Pachypodium consist of 20 species of caudiciform succulents of which 5 are indigenous to Africa and the rest to Madagascar. The trunk rarely branches, but they often have bizarre forms. The long, narrow leaves grow only at the top of the trunk, like a palm tree, and at the base of every leaf is retained on the trunk as a hard rigid spike.