Madagascar Palm
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Madagascar Palm
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Madagascar Palm
Botanical name: Pachypodium lamerei    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Native to Southern Madagascar, Madagascar Palm is a weird succulent with a thick, spiny gray trunk that will reach 15 feet in nature. As a houseplant, they are much smaller. They are scarcely branched and the base is spindle-shaped. The trunk is covered with 2½ inch spines and the foliage is arranged spirally at the top. Contrary to the common name, it is not a palm are all, but tree has the shape of a palm. It is actually a succulent related to Plumerias. The plant bears large, white flowers. The flowers appear on mature plants grown outside. They are lightly fragrant but are displayed too high up for you to really enjoy them.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.
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