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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable

Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Oct 17, 2017 1:38 PM

The lowest and weirdest of the Pachypodiums, from the central highlands of Madagascar. This caudiciform succulent grows as a fat, low, amorphous blob with spines and deciduous leaves at the growth points. May reach almost 3 feet wide in old age, rarely over a third that size in cultivation. Usually yellow flowers, though a white-flowered version (leucoxanthum) does exist. Flowers appear early in the growth season.

This species is susceptible to rot on its own roots but much easier and likely a longer lived plant when grafted onto lamerei or geayi. Very seasonal growth pattern. Leaves, buds, and outside of petals are all covered with fine hairs.

Not a beginner Pachypodium, especially on its own roots. Requires warm temperatures, strong light, excellent drainage, and attention to watering. Water more in summer, especially when it's warm, and less in winter. Avoid letting the soil go completely dry. Keep the size of the pot proportional to the size of the plant, and do not overpot.

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