This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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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 lamereiPachypodium lamerei, a branched specimen in cultivation.

Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei flowers.