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Pachypodium lamerei (Madagascar Palm)


Scientific Name

Pachypodium lamerei Drake

Common Names

Madagascar Palm, Club Foot


Pachypodium ramosum, Pachypodium menabeum, Pachypodium champenoisianum, Pachypodium rutenbergianum var. lamerei, Pachypodium rutenbergianum f. lamerei

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Apocynoideae
Tribe: Malouetieae
Genus: Pachypodium


Pachypodium lamerei is a semi deciduous, succulent stemmed tree, up to 20 feet (6 m) tall and up to 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter. Silver-gray trunk covered with sharp up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long spines, which is generally solitary or scarcely branched. Leaves are green, long, narrow, arranged spirally, mostly just at the top of the plant. Flowers are white with yellow center, up to 3.1 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Seed pods look like cucumbers.


USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Madagascar Palms are not difficult to grow as houseplants as long as they receive enough light and are planted in well-draining soil. Be sure to place the plant in a container with drainage holes to avoid root rot.

They require bright light and fairly warm temperatures. Place your Madagascar Palm outdoors during daylight hours whenever the weather is above 70°F (21°C). Madagascar Palms require full sunlight to thrive. When they are not outdoors, keep them near a window with access to as much sunlight as possible.

Give the plant water when the surface soil is dry. Like many other plants, you can water less in the winter. Water just enough to keep the soil from drying out.

Use a diluted houseplant fertilizer at the beginning of spring and the beginning of summer. If Madagascar Palms are happy and healthy, they will grow about 12 inches (30 cm) a year and bloom profusely... – See more at: How To Grow and Care for a Madagascar Palm


Native to Madagascar.


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