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Family: APOCYNACEAE 

 Pachypodium lealii
 
  
Author:  Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch 1869
Family:  Apocynaceae
Habitat:  Namibia, Southern Angola
Soil:  Grit or Mix
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  1,5 meter
Height:  -6 meters
Flower:  White to pale Pink
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Bottle Tree
Synonyms:  -

The tall form from the more fertile areas.

  

This member of the Apocynaceae family was described by Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch in 1869. It is found in Namibia and Southern Angola, growing in grit or other well drained soil with little water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 1,5 meters in diameter and depending on the form; 50 centimetres to six meters height. The flowers are white to pale pink.

Named after the Portuguese geologist Fernando da Costa Leal, who first wrote about it.

 It have to distinguish forms. In the harsh deserts, it tend to be short and fat. In the more lush areas, it will form a tall column. There are combinations in-between.

Photo from Namibia by Amir Auerbach.