Celebrate World Giraffe Day with a Twist: Discover the Giraffe’s Knees Plant!

Posted June 21, 2024 by Aislyn Tyler

Happy World Giraffe Day! DYK: Gonatopus boivinii, also known as the giraffe’s knees plant, is an herbaceous tropical species that resembles their animal namesake!

This plant’s unique swollen petiole and speckled stalk mimics the look and pattern of a giraffe’s leg! Giraffes knee is native to Eastern Africa where they can grow up to 1.2 meters tall and produce a single tri-pinnate leaf. They also have large cream-colored flowers.

Happy World Giraffe Day from the CREW Plant Lab and giraffes Zoey, Tessa, Fenn & Zeke!