Succulent: Halfmens (Pachypodium namaquanum)

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Re: What are the Half-men (Half Human)?

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Micetta wrote:What are the Half-men (Half Human)?


Micetta, I think the Half Human or Halfmens is a tree growing in desert region of South Africa and Namibia. It doesn’t have branches, has a spiny trunk and leaves on top. It can grow to approximately 2 meters in height.

In spring, light green flowers appear in the centre of the leaves. :hmz:
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Pachypodium namaquanum
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There is a great legend about this tree as well. According to Khoekhoe legend their ancestors were turned into trees by a sympathetic god to relieve their suffering when they were driven southwards by warring tribes from the north. Some ancestors turned back to look longing across the Orange River and are now eternally gazing northwards.

The name “Khoekhoe” means “men of men”. Their herds of sheep and cattle gave them a stable, balanced diet and they lived in larger groups than the San. They also had a more complex and hierarchical society than the San.

(Source: http://www.capetown.at/heritage/history/khoi_khoi.htm )
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The 'halfmens' can be found around the Sendelingsdrift area.
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The halfmens is the common name of Pachypodium namaquanum, they are only present in one of our national parks the Richtersveld.
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There are some specimens between Tzaneen & Phalaborwa, & also in Phalaborwa, but not naturally found in the area as far as I know. :thumbs_up:
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Many of those found in gardens are actually of the Madagascar variety, and not those found in the Richtersveld.
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Only Richtersveld? none in KTP?
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Nope not as far as I know Micetta, they grow on the rocky slopes of the mountains in Richtersveld. No Rocky slopes in KTP. (Not like I would know never visited it before! :doh: )
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