Pachypodium brevicaule
Pachypodium brevicaule
Pachypodium brevicaule is a choice plant sought after by collectors. Although in habitat in Madagascar its caudex can reach about 600mm (2 feet) in diameter, in cultivation plants like the one pictured in a 90mm (3.5") pot are considered worthy of showing. Its large, bright yellow flowers are very attractive. Unfortunately, like many choice plants - especially from Madagascar, it needs heat and is not easy to grow in the UK where it is prone to rotting in the winter.

The plant pictured was an entry in the BCSS Zone One show at the National Garden Festival at Gateshead in 1990.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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