Pachypodium namaquanum

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Pachypodium namaquanum Welw.

Apocynaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Arrangement: whorled
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: follicle

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Inflorescence: cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Gentiananae
Ordo:
Gentianales

Pachypodium namaquanum is a succulent tree.

Naming

Pachypodium namaquanum was already described and the name validly published by William Henry Harvey based on a prior description by Andrew Wyley. It was Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1869.

Taxonomy

Pachypodium namaquanum is a species in the genus Pachypodium which contains approximately 24 to 28 species and belongs to the family of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees reach heights of 1,5 to 2,5 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Pachypodium namaquanum is deciduous. The bluish green, simple leaves are whorled. They are lanceolate with entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Pachypodium namaquanum produces cymes of yellow tubular flowers from June to August.

The trees produce follicles.

Root System

Distribution

Pachypodium namaquanum is native to Namibia and South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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