Pachycarpus E. Mey. is an African genus found in the grasslands south of the Sahara. The distinctive characteristic of this species are the umbellate flowers – an inflorescence that consists of a number of short flower stalks which spread from a common point, somewhat like umbrella ribs. Umbel comes from Latin umbella which means “parasol, sunshade”. Pachycarpus dealbatus has a very wide distributional range from northernmost Natal through Transkei to the eastern and southern Cape. It however appears to be fairly fairly uncommon on Gondwana Game Reserve.