Kudu Lily

© Roger de la Harpe
Kudu Lily.

Name

Kudu Lily [Pachypodium saundersii]

Description

During autumn, the kudu lily blooms and its white flowers appear. This succulent shrub has a thick stem and spiked, finger-like branches. Its leaves are shiny and green with wavy edges.

Kudu Lily Habitat

The kudu lily can be found in South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal, specifically in the Lebombo Mountains, and in Mpumalanga. It also occurs in Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Kudu Lily Field Notes

This plant is not particularly beneficial to humans, and carry toxins that are harmful to livestock and domestic animals. The kudu lily grows very slowly, and therefore struggles to adapt as its habitat is destructed by human invasion. In some places it has become almost extinct due to not being able to adapt fast enough.