Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania
This plant is a large green stem caudex with taproot that can reach upwards of 2 feet in diameter. Large shrub of spiny long pendant vining stems during active growth, with small deciduous leaves. Dioecious with separate male and female plants.
Grows in dry woodlands over a large distribution in eastern Africa
Should be watered once every 1 to 2 weeks during the summer, keep dry in winter. Vines can be cut back in the fall to prepare for dormancy. The caudex can grow quite rapidly if over potted and kept in extremely well draining medium (mostly pumice), up to several inches a season.