The caudex from Giromagi.com.
This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by
Hermann August Theodor Harms in 1915. It is found
Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania, (and some claim Madagascar, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 14
centimetres in diameter, the entire climbing plant to 3 or even 10 metres in
flowers are yellowish white.
The genera name is a Malabar name
used by van Rheede for the genus of giant seeds that float across
the Atlantic Ocean to wash up on the shores of northwest Europe. The species name is from
leptos, meaning 'thin' and stachya, meaning 'spike' and
then Latinized and meaning "slender-spiked".