Pachypodium bicolor - Madagascan Palm - Rare African Succulent - 3 Seeds
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Pachypodium is a genus of succulent spine-bearing trees and shrubs, native to Africa. It belongs to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.
The species has a habit of a low growing somewhat pendulant shrub with a thickened trunk and a densely branched crown composed of numerous branches. It’s chief character that distinguishes Pachypodium bicolor from other species with yellow corolla is the presence of a white corolla tube or throat to the flower. Pachypodium bicolor is part of the Pachypodium rosulatum complex, where discussion centres on rather one is dealing with one species with many varieties, as Gordon Rowley argues, or many separate distinct species. The corolla, the collective term for the petals of a flower or the inner whorl of the perianth, in the nexus for taxonomical confusion of the taxon. Pachypodium bicolor is endemic to Madagascar in the low, open, deciduous, western forest growing on porous sandstone. The geological preference of Pachypodium bicolor is limited to one substrate. This makes it prefer a more specialized geological environment. Cultivation should stimulate this substrate.
USDA Zone - 9
Season to Sow - Spring