Caudiciforms are a family of succulents that mostly
store their sustaining resources such water and nutrients in the trunk
or swollen roots of the plant. Most of the popular caudiciform plants
are from southern Africa and Madagascar. Although, some species grow in
other parts of the world as well. Each species has their own
particulars as to the best way to grow them. Some are easy to grow and
can tolerate treatment not normally provided by their native
enviroment. Others are very particular about the enviroment they are
in, and are best left to the advanced collectors. Some are winter
growers and may suffer if over watered in the summer. However, most are
warm season growers as indicated by the leaf and branch growth during
the warm season. Most have non-succulent leaves, as the succulent
tissue is in the branches, trunk, and/or the roots of the plant.
However, a few such as the Cotyledons, Cissus, and Cerariea have
succulent leaves as well as a fat trunk. We'll try to briefly describe
the particular habits and preferred environments of each family
caudiciforms that we offer.
Then there are Adeniums from central Africa. They not only grow large bases, produce spectacular flowers. Many hybrids have been created to achieve new flower colours.