Pachypodium is a genus of succulent spine-bearing trees and shrubs, native to Africa. It belongs to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.
Pachypodium baronii also known as bontaka has the habit of a robust shrub with a spherical or bottle-shaped trunk. It has several cylindrical branches at the top. This plant is endemic to Madagascar, where it grows in open deciduous forest on Mesozoic calcareous rock and granite or gneiss on the western side of the island at low elevations. It is known in Madagascar as "Bontaka". It is also endemic from Befandriana Nord to Mandritsara.
USDA Zone - 9
Season to Sow - Spring
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