It is a monoecious caudiciform plant, commonly known as "Baboon's Cucumber" with lots and lots of herbaceous climbing or creeping vines growing rapidly from the swollen base and looking like an English ivy with a tuber. The shoots emerge from a massive underground tuberous rootstock (or caudex). This tuber is a water-storage organ so it is very resistant to drought. In cultivation the tuber is raised over the ground so that it can be seen and is especially cultivated for its looks. Architecturally it is a real stunner. When the “caudex” shape is adequately in evidence this plant is incomparable. The plant is quite variable and in cultivation a number of very different plants are, all referred to as Kedrostis africana creating some confusion.