West Coast National Park – Pegleg Butterbush- 4

Tylecodon wallichii is a species of succulent plant in the genus Tylecodon belonging to the family Crassulaceae. The species is named in honor of Nathaniel Wallich, early 19th century Danish plant hunter, botanist and physician.

Tylecodon species are adapted to avoid animal predation being poisonous. Therefore, keep them away from children, pets, and livestock.


Tylecodon wallichii is a small, sparingly branched succulent shrub with a grayish-black main stem and gray-green branches. It grows up to 32 inches (80 cm) tall. The main stem is up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter, while the branches are up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter. They are densely covered with long phyllopodia, sometimes replaced by a peeling bark. Leaves are cylindrical or slightly grooved above, tapering toward the apex, curved inwards, up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) long, and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter. They are grey-green to grey-brown and crowded at the tip of the branches. Flowers are greenish-yellow, tubular, and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long. They appear on tall branched stems when the plant sheds its leaves in summer.


Gravelly or sandy slopes of South Namibia and RCA from Namaqualand into the Great and Little Karoo.

Tylecodon wallichii can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C)

Pegleg Butterbush, Tylecodon wallichii, Seeberg Bird Hide, West Coast National Park, South Africa

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