Pachypodium (Pachypodium succulentum) in the Pachypodiums Database

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Underground structures: Caudex
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Thorned
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Oct 3, 2017 6:02 PM

One of two similar-looking Pachypodiums which grow a buried caudex, often lifted after several years for display. Mature plants can be spectacular. Both species grow skinny above-ground stems as well, armed with spines and bearing leaves toward the end. Easily controlled with pruning. Protect the caudex from direct sun after lifting it to avoid scarring.

Flowers, borne at various times of year, have a pinwheel shape rather than the bell-like shape of P. bispinosum. Otherwise the two species are not easy to tell apart. There are also hybrids with intermediate flowers. Widely distributed in western South Africa, partially overlapping in distribution with P. bispinosum.

One parent of Pachypodium "Arid Lands", a hybrid with P. namaquanum.

The plant formerly known as P. griquense is a small-flowered form of P. succulentum.

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tarev On April 22, 2017 Obtained plant
Bought plant from Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek, CA; plant tag says Pachypodium griquense - synonym for Pachypodium succulentum
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