Portulacaria was until recently a single plant genus but has now been combined with Ceraria a( group of desert shrubs). This amalgamated genus still carries the name of it most well know member Portulacaria afra (known as elephant bush, dwarf jade plant,). Portulacaria afra is a small-leaved succulent plant found in South Africa. These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are green, but also a variegated cultivar is often seen in cultivation. These are generally found in drier regions and are as the common name indicates a favorite food of elephants. The succulent members of this genus are relatively easy in cultivation and can create a beautiful specimen in a few years.