The name of this Pachypodium derives from the Namaqua ethnic group. It is a solitary, slow-growing succulent plant that can branch out at the base over time. It has a cylindrical stem of a considerable size: up to 25 cm in diameter and 2.5-3 m in height! Like most plants of arid and rocky areas, P. namaquanum is also covered with long spines that protect it from animals and the intense sun. At the apex of the stem a rosette of fleshy, ovate and wavy leaves of a greyish-green color is formed. During the flowering period (August-September) it blooms with beautiful tubular flowers, which are red inside and yellow-green outside.