Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Pachypodium Decaryi

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