Pachypodium from the Latin form of Greek pachus for “thick” and podion for “foot”, meaning thick-footed and referring to the pachycaule trunk, which serves as a water storage system.
These spiny, succulent shrubs are native to Madagascar. Sometimes pachycaule trunks are found underground, but are distinct from roots.
Habranthus from the Greek ἀβρος, habros, for “small”, “delicate” or “agreeable”, and ἄνθος, anthos, for “flower”; robustus from Latin for “strong and hardy”.
Known as the ‘Pink Fairy Lily’, this rain lily is native to southern Brazil and contains galanthamine-type alkaloids, which can be lethal to humans.
Crassula from the Latin crassus, meaning “thick” due to its succulent leaves; perforata from the Latin perforatus for “perforated”, referring to the leaves being covered in punctate oil glands.
This succulent is known as “String of Buttons” and is a native of South Africa.