Kudu Lily

I couldn’t find this plant in my succulent book so all the information I have is anecdotal.  I think its called the Kudu Lily and from the Karoo.  I’m guessing it got its name from the fact that the kudu likes to eat its flower?

It has a spiny stem and dark, waxy leaves which it loses in winter.

Kudu Lily flower.

Kudu Lily flower.

Kudu Lily.

Kudu Lily.

Kudu Lily's spiny trunk.

Kudu Lily's spiny trunk.

9 Responses to Kudu Lily

  1. emme May 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    what a crazy-ass plant! those are beautiful flowers tohugh, do they smell? have a great weekend schmeel. 🙂

  2. Niall May 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    it is a crazy plant, which is why I dig it.

    no scent though …

  3. Kallie Blom September 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi there.

    The Kudu lily is the: Pachypodium Saundersii

  4. Smile September 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    thanks Kallie, useful to know!

  5. smellen October 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    I saw 4 of these plants at the SPCA yesterday and was about to buy you one Smile until the assisstant told me they don’t do well in Natal, they prefer a dryer climate

  6. Milez October 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    mine is thriving in soggy old KZN 🙂

  7. Merle Mulder April 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I have a Kudu Lily and live in Westville, KZN. It flourishes and blooms well – alongside a Nyala Lily which is a very similar plant – but with pink flowers. I just have to remember NOT to water them! What a pleasure.

  8. Smile April 11, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    I unfortunately left mine out in the rain this past summer and it has developed some rot – still alive though!

  9. Olivier PATERAC December 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    hello, i am French, i bought a Kudu Lili in a nusery inside Kruger Park in summer 2009, it travelled in an empty water bottle in my bag in the plane … it is still alive … outside in summer and inside in the kitchen in winter, i live near PARIS in France, i hope i will see its whites flowers …

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