Tromotriche pedunculata subsp. pedunculata sounds like the name of a young prince born into the royal family in a far away country. Tracing the history of official plant naming is today like evolution itself. The plant family was first named Stapelia by Linnaeus in 1737 to honour Johannes Bodaeus á Stapel who first commented on the botanical writings of Theophrastus, a student of Aristotle.
In 1796 Masson added 37 species of Stapelia to the original 12, while Robert Brown split the genus into four in 1809. In 1812 Haworth rewrote the classification to add another 9 genera, two of which were Tromotriche and Tridentea. But only in 1995 did Bruyns move the plant in picture from Tridentea to Tromotriche. Over this time did not only the analysis of plant material increase the knowledge of this plant family and insight into the relationships among its members, but the number of species discovered and added to the list brought more details to ponder.
White and Sloane who published this story in 1937, two centuries after Linnaeus, still called the plant Stapelia pedunculata.
This plant grows naturally in parts of Namaqualand and the Richtersveld. The plants grow in arid conditions among scrub in rocky places. The subspecies is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (White & Sloane, 1937).