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A picture of a Spiny Greenstem

Spiny Greenstem

Adenia spinosa

Also known as

Elephant’S Foot, Tshivhuyu-Dumbu

Partial Shade
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Spiny Greenstem

Adenia spinosa, thin spiny branches arise from an irregularly shaped, fleshy stem.
Adenia spinosa, leaf and tendril-spine.
Adenia spinosa, fruits.
Adenia spinosa, in habitat.
Adenia spinosa growing in the shade of a Boscia albitrunca tree.

Spiny Greenstem Overview

In the far north of South Africa grows a very special, ancient-looking plant with a stem resembling an elephant’s foot. In our neighbouring country, Zimbabwe, this species is considered to be threatened with extinction and in South Africa, although only found in Limpopo Province, it is not. I am of the opinion that the conservation status of this species could rapidly change due to the changes in land use that are taking place in the areas where the species occurs. Conservation of this species is crucial. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Limpopo.

Special features of Spiny Greenstem

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Other uses of Spiny Greenstem