|Author: ||Marcel Pichon, 1949
Pachypodium rutenbergianum var. meridionale,
Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie, 1934.
This member of the Apocynaceae
family was given
this name by Marcel Pichon in 1949. It is found in the southern
Madagascar, growing in grit or other well drained soil with little
to some water and lots of sun. It can grow to 75 centimetres in
diameter and ten to fifteen meters height. The flowers are pale
The genera name
from Greek; pachys; 'thick' and Greek podion; 'small
foot' for the thick caudiciform trunk, formed by some species. The
species name means 'of noon, mid-day' as when the flowers opens.