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Pachypodium lamerei

Pachypodium lamerei Drake

 

Madagascar Palm

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusPachypodium
Specieslamerei

About plant names...

Madagascar palm is, in fact, a native of southern Madagascar (also southern Africa), but it is not a palm. Looking like a truly unique cross between a palm, a cactus, an agave, and perhaps an elephant’s trunk, it is in a class by itself. Metaphorically at least—there are about 26 members of Pachypodium. The term means ”thick foot,” because of the thickened base of the trunk. It is not found in the wild in North America, though it is grown as a garden or house plant. For more on Pachypodium, see Pachypodium.org.

Identification: Trunks are a smooth grayish silver, with spirally arranged sharp stiff 2" (6 cm) spines that occur in groups of three. They are thick at the bottom, thinning toward the top, gray, sometimes with a sinuous bend, branching near the top. In nature, they reach up to 20' (6 m) in height. (As house plants, they are 6' (1.8 m) or less.) Leaves are up to 24" (60 cm) long and 2" (5 cm) wide, dark green, somewhat glossy, with a lighter middle vein. They are dropped in the winter. Flowers are attractive, white with yellow centers, with five petals, 2-5" (5-12 cm) in diameter.

Online References:

Pachypodium on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com

Pachypodium lamerei on Desert-tropicals.com

Pachypodium lamerei on Wikipedia

Pachypodium lamerei on Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents

Pachypodium lamerei on Cal Lamke's Cal's Plant of the Week, at the University of Oklahoma's Department of Botany and Microbiology

Pachypodium lamerei on SucculentGuide.com

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 5 × 3' (1.5 × 1 m)

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 6½ × 10' (2.1 × 3.1 m)

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 30 × 45" (76 × 114 cm)

Pachypodium lamerei description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 34 × 52" (87 × 131 cm)

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 3 × 4½' (97 × 146 cm)

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 3½ × 3½' (1.1 × 1.1 m)

Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 3½ × 5' (1 × 1.6 m)

Range: Zones 9-11:

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