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Photo of a wild plant from

Photo of an old plant by Petr Pavelka from the original description.

Photo of another wild plant from

Author: Pavelka et all, 2014
Origin:   Mandoto, Central Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  40 Centimetres
Flower:   Yellow - Orange
Names: -
Synonyms: -

This member of the Apocynaceae family was given this name by Petr Pavelka, Prokes, Vítězslav Vlk John Jacob Lavranos, Ivo Žídek and Perle Ramavovololona in 2014. It is found around Mandoto in central Madagascar, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 40 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 40 centimetres in height. The flowers are yellow to orange.

The genera name from Greek; pachys; 'thick' and Greek podion; 'small foot' for the thick caudiciform trunk, formed by some species. "The specific epithet enigmaticum was chosen to indicate that this plant remained a mystery whilst in cultivation at Alfred’s nursery, a problem that was only solved after long and painstaking field work".

The flower by Evelyn Durst from the original description.