Portulacaria afra

NATURE – Portulacaria afra, also known as elephant bush and spekboom in Afrikaans, is a small-leaved succulent plant found in South Africa.  These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are evergreen.  They are simple to care for and make easy houseplants for a sunny location. In frost-free regions they may be used in outdoor landscaping

In the dryer southern Cape. it occurs from the Little Karoo of the Western Cape, eastwards up until the thicket vegetation of the Eastern Cape.  Spekboom is found most prolifically in the Albany thickets, a woodland ecoregion, which locally is often called noorsveld, after the high number of succulent Euphorbia species, which are often called noors plants.  In these environments, it is a source of food for multiple large herbivores, such as the Black rhinoceros and the African elephant.  Although it is not the primary food source for these animals, it still makes up a significant portion of their diet.