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The pachycaule trunk of Pachypodium lamerei
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pachypodium (Greek, thick foot, alluding to the roots). Apocynaceae. About 15 remarkable succulent shrubs and trees of Madagascar, S. Afr. and Trop. Afr., a very few of which are mentioned in horticultural literature. They are grown with succulents, and prop, by cuttings.

Frequently the trunk is much swollen: lvs. simple, in spirals; stipules represented by rigid spines; or, according to Stapf, the lvs. suppressed with the exception of a terminal rosette, and the spinous stipules crowded more or less irregularly on the swollen branches: cymes terminal, with few or many sessile or peduncled pink, white or yellow fls.; sepals 5; corolla salver-shaped, constricted at base, or funnelform to campanulate, 5-lobed; anthers conniving into a cone, with appendages longer or shorter than the pollen- bearing part, the structure complex. P. Geayi, Cost. & Bois. Tree, 30 ft. or more, with succulent cactus- like spiny trunk, branching at summit: lvs. in terminal tufts, long and narrow. Madagascar. R.H. 1907, p. 490. P. namaquanum, Welw. St. 5-6 ft. high and 9-15 in. diam., fleshy, tapering upward, tubercled and spiny: lvs. obovate-oblong to oblong, crowded in a little crown at the top of the trunk: fls. reddish tinged yellow and green. S. Afr. G.C. III. 46:371, showing the strange plants in the wild. P. succulentum, DC. Tuberous at base, 1-2 ft. high, producing several somewhat branched sts., bearing lvs. scattered on long shoots: lvs. oblong-linear or linear, 1 1/2 in. long, pubescent above; stipules spiny: fls. 1 in. or more across, the oblong lobes white and purple. S. Afr. CH

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There are now 25 known specieswp.

Pachypodium ambongense
Pachypodium baronii
Pachypodium bicolor
Pachypodium bispinosum
Pachypodium brevicaule
Pachypodium cactipes
Pachypodium decaryi
Pachypodium densiflorum
Pachypodium eburneum
Pachypodium geayi
Pachypodium gracilius
Pachypodium horombense
Pachypodium inopinatum
Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lealii
Pachypodium makayense
Pachypodium meridionale
Pachypodium menabeum
Pachypodium namaquanum
Pachypodium rosulatum
Pachypodium rutenbergianum
Pachypodium saundersii
Pachypodium sofiense
Pachypodium succulentum
Pachypodium windsorii


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