Perrier de la Bāthie, 1944
||Red / Brown
This small tree is a member of the Anacardiaceae family, first described
by Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie in 1944. It is found in the south-west of
Madagascar, growing in well-drained soil with some water and lots of
sun, but it can get too much. The stem will grow to one meter in
diameter and reach for nine meters. The flowers are dark red to brown and
it's possible reproduce the plant by cuttings.
The genera name from Latin
operculum; 'little lid' and Greek karyum; 'nut',
referring to the lidded, nut-like seeds. The species is named after
Raymond Decary, 20th century plant collector.
decaryi is a thick stemmed
tree with more or less straight pubescent branches and usually red flowers.
O. pachypus Eggli 1995 is
a dwarf pachycaul (one meter high, 50 centimetres in diameter), with strongly zig-zagged smooth branches and
A. Randrianasolo & P. P.
Lowry, 2006: "Several additional features separate O. decaryi
from other members of the genus whose leaves have a winged rachis,
including leaflets that are totally glabrous below, and branches
that are straight (rather than zig-zag in orientation, as in O.