Fokea edulis is a semi-deciduous, caudex forming succulent with many rambling, vine-like, leafy stems. These vines may reach a height of 4 m if supported by surrounding structures, often trees. Otherwise they will form a leafy mass on the ground or on the caudex. The plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family. The small (1 cm in diameter), scented, green and white flowers attract insects, especially bees. The plant has even been referred to as a bee magnet. The blooming season is late summer. The plants are dioecious. So one has to plant at least two to get viable seeds.
Water is stored in the huge caudex for the not so rainy day! The caudex may reach a size of 60 cm in diameter. It is one of the Karoo and Namaqualand plants bearing the common name of kambro. It grows naturally in the drier regions of the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, as well as in Namibia (Van Jaarsveld et al, 2006).