Dr. Siro Masinde of the National Museums of Kenya in this video discusses succulent plants of East Africa, how they came around to storing so much moisture, and how adaptable they are to hostile environments.
The particular plants he discusses are Pyrenacantha malvifolia, family Icacinaceae; Adenia globosa, family Passifloraceae; Cyphostemma jiguu, family Vitaceae.
Dr. Siro Masinde has been a long-time member of the Global Plants Initiative (plants.jstor.org/page/plants/about/partners.jsp) as well as gifted botanist in his own right. If you aren't convinced, see how many plants he has named: plants.jstor.org/search?searchText=masinde.
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