Swaziland's Flora Database:
Pachypodium saundersii N.E.Br.
(name current 2016)
Sisila semphala, Sikumbyambya
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: lowveld only
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Pachypodium saundersii - (Sikumbyambya) Succulent shrub with large swollen stem and several tapering branches; bark papery, leaves often in terminal clusters with pairs of stout spines, up to 8 cm long x 4 cm wide, hairless or sometimes with stiff hairs along margins and on midrib below; spines spreading, of various lengths, up to 3,5 cm long. Inflorescence terminal; flowers showy, parts in fives. Calyx c 5 mm long, divided almost to base; corolla tube up to 3,5 cm long, enlarged at base, hairy inside, lobes up to 2 cm long and wide, one edge straight, other wavy, white, tinted below and on tube; disc lobed. Fruit-halves up to 10 cm long x 1 cm diam, seeds numerous with terminal tuft of pale hairs c 2 cm long.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.