Caudex to 8ft, with stiff vining stems bearing long relatively dull spines which are derived from petioles of the old leaves. Dioecious with separate male and female plants
Found from Limpopo Province in East South Africa to Botswana and Zimbabwe growing in scrublands and spars grasslands, often under the canopy of larger trees or shrubs.
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). Caudex prefers to be shaded, while the Vinings stems like full sun.
Temperature: Hardy to 40F