It is not a palm tree, it has a thick spiny, silvery gray stem which it uses for photosynthesizing. The leaves usually appear at the top of the plant. They are strap-shaped, glossy, and green. In its native habitat, it can grow to 6m or 20ft tall. Pachypodium lamerei has white fragrant flowers that have a yellow throat. It does not flower until it reaches 5ft or 1.5m tall and it could take up to ten years. After flowering, it produces seed pods. The speed pods are banana-like.
How to grow Pachypodium lamerei:
Grow Pachypodium lamerei in the sun. Plant it in sandy soil that is well-drained. Water moderately in the summer. It is drought-tolerant. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. Propagate by seed or stem tip cuttings. In a colder climate, grow it indoors but it usually does not flower indoors.