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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 1, 2013 11:34 PM CST
Hoping some one can ID this plant. I've never seen anything like it. The trunk is covered in spines.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2013 6:52 AM CST
Lynn, that looks like some type of Pachypodium to me. Not sure which one yet.



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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2013 6:57 AM CST
Maybe P. lamerei (Madagascar Palm)?
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 2, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Tee, thank you for giving me a path.
I think it might be this one. http://www.bcss.org.uk/bradcontents/brad_22.php
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Could be, Lynn. I can't enlarge the photo. It gets smaller rather than bigger. They appear very similar.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2013 1:37 PM CST
Yes, after comparing with some other photos, I think it is most likely Pachypodium menabeum too. Thumbs up .

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2013 4:44 PM CST
I agree, Pachypodium lamerei. P. menabeum is a synonym.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 2, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Sorry about the size of the photo, it was sent by email from a friend. I think she had dial-up and made the photo size small for easy transmission. Next time I go to visit her I will take my camera. I will post the new photos as soon as I have them. She did say the trunk is smooth with spines in bundles of 3.
But I do think this is the correct ID. Thank you.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 3, 2013 5:54 AM CST
I didn't even think about the synonym. Good catch, Lin.

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JRsbugs
Feb 3, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Pachypodium menabeum is listed on the Plant List as accepted, with no synonyms.

http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-145242

Pachypodium lamerei is given only one synonym, Pachypodium lamerei var. ramosum.

http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/search?q=Pachypodium+lamerei

Which source gives Pachypodium menabeum as a synonym Lin? I see ITIS does give it as a synonym of Pachypodium lamerei.

http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt

In 2002, Röösli and Hoffmann found a curious pachypodium during their annual winter expedition to Madagascar. At first it was attributed to P. lamerei, then it was thought to be a robust form of P. ambongense. Finally, comparison with the type specimen from the herbarium at the Natural History Museum in Paris has confirmed that this is P. menabeum, a species with a very restricted range in central Madagascar. A recent account of the rediscovery of this species and its relationships was published in KuaS 55 (10): 274–280 (2004). An article in Bradleya 22: 85–130 (2004) provides a more thorough review of all of the Madagascan pachypodia. We offer HBG 91561, Röösli & Hoffmann 202, from seed collected at Bekopaka, Madagascar


http://www.huntington.org/botanicaldiv/isi2005/isi/2005-34.h...

http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/namedetail.do?name_id=145242

http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/synonomy.do?name_id=145237

http://www.ipni.org/ipni/idPlantNameSearch.do?id=80707-1

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