Pachypodium lamerei is native to the island of Madagascar. Although commonly known as the "Madagascar Palm" this plant has no relation to the palm trees.
This tall growing succulent is a favourite in many collections and probably the best known Pachypodium in cultivation.
The plants are easy to grow, can take ample water during the summer months, but should be kept dry in winter and protected from frost. A well drained soil is required.
Pachypodium lamerei rarely branches except when the stem is damaged. In nature the stems can grow up to 15 feet tall, but in cultivation the plants are usually smaller. During the summer months the tops of the stems are decorated with a crown of leaves.
The flowers are white and only appear on older plants.
Pachypodium lamerei, a branched specimen in cultivation.
Pachypodium lamerei flowers.