Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Resembling an adenium with its spineless stems and caudex and large, glossy leaves, P. decaryi is somewhat unusual among pachypodiums. It also stands out for having the largest flowers in the genus, up to 4" in diameter, with asymmetrical petals, each resembling a broad knife-blade, to an inch wide, with one straight margin, the other curved. This highly ornamental plant is mostly sought after by rare & exotic plant collector. It's in CITES appendix 1 which is mean maximum protection
This pachypodium is a cross between brevicaule and densiflorum var brevicalyx. Not too flattened like brevicaule but seems grow much faster than both its parent. Cann't wait to see it bloom :p
Finally my pachypodium rosulatum bloomed for the first time this morning. Quite astonishing flower, bright yellow with a little bit twisted petal. I have grown it for about 2 years and the pain paid off. It is a slow grower but worth waiting. This is my first time seeing a pachypodium flower, previously I only see it in the magazine or the internet. It's true that this exotic creature is remarkable.