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Pachypodium lamerei or Madagascar Palm

Pachypodium lamerei is a semi-deciduous, succulent shrub or tree from the Apocynaceae family of plants. They also call it the Madagascar Palm or Club Foot, and it is native to Madagascar.

Pachypodium lamerei or Madagascar Palm
Pachypodium lamerei or Madagascar Palm in Los Angeles, California

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.

Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lamerei

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