A slow-growing succulent with a huge swollen trunk (caudiciform) and a member of the grape family. These plants occur in Namibia where they are exposed to very dry and hot conditions, and have therefore evolved and adapted very well in order to survive. The presence of white, drooping, papery pieces of bark on the yellow green stems is very typical of this species. In summer this helps to reflect away the sunlight in order to keep the plant cool. Needs full sun and very well-draining soil. As with all succulents, be careful not to over-water. These plants can survive with very little water and too often plants die as a result of too much. Water when soil has become fairly dry and protect from frost. Fruits are somewhat toxic and inedible.