Brachystelma coddii is a perennial herb with one or several hairy stems arising from a tuber. It occurs in Limpopo and Mpumalanga as well as in Swaziland.
The genus Brachystelma comprises more than a hundred species, many of which are South African. There are, however, some species in Australia, India and elsewhere. The genus belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is nearest in affinity to the Ceropegia genus. There are more Ceropegia species in the tropics, while the Brachystelma species of Africa tend to occur more to the south in cooler climates (Fabian and Germishuizen 1982; Wikipedia; Letty, 1962).