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Family: APOCYNACEAE 

 Pachypodium succulentum
 
  
Author:  Robert Sweet 1830
Family:  Apocynaceae
Habitat:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  15-23 centimetres
Height:  1,5 meters
Flower:  White/Pink
Reproduction:  Seeds/Root-Cuttings
Pop names:  Yeast Root, Fleischiger Dichfuss
Synonyms:  Echites succulenta, Carl von Linnaeus 1781. Belonites succulenta, E. Meyer 1837. Pachypodium tomentosum, G. Don 1938. Pachypodium griquense, Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus 1932. Pachypodium jasminiflorum, Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus 1932
Got it from:  Roskilde, Denmark
Year:  2001

Photo by Alain Mouchel.

   This member of the Apocynaceae family was given this name by Robert Sweet in 1830. It's found in Southern Africa, where it prefers well-drained soil, some water and not too much sun, especially not on the caudex. The stem will reach up to 1,5 meter, and get 15 or even 23 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are white-pink, and it can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds.

The caudex will grow much faster, if it is buried, and It won't! stand frost. The tubes are edible - but hard to enjoy.

The former Pachypodium griquense, Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus 1932 is now considered to be a smaller form of P. s.: Pachypodium succulentum var. griquense, although I can't find the source.

Does not grow much bigger than this one.

Group of rescued plants, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.