The only type in its genus (monotypic genus) although there are several variations and type localities. Also known as the Persian Carpet Flower for its intricate and ornate, relatively large flowers. Native to Socotra, the Arabian Peninsula and West Africa. Teeth-like spines up and down each branch; grows like a stapeliad, rambling across the ground. Protect from full, summer sun in the South but give it plenty of light to bloom. Rots easily in cool temperatures, especially if kept wet.