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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar.
Pachypodium lealii (bottle tree)

[FZ]

Apocynaceae, A. J. M. Leeuwenberg & F. K. Kupicha et al. Flora Zambesiaca 7:2. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or small trees with thick succulent trunk and stems.
Morphology General Exudate
Latex present.
Morphology General Spines
Conspicuous ternate spines (the central one often very reduced or absent) present at each node.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or spirally arranged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes terminal, sessile or pedunculate, few–many-flowered; flowers usually showy, pink, purple, yellow or partly white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes imbricate, free almost to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla hypocrateriform to subcampanulate, the tube constricted near the base, tubular to campanulate above; lobes contorted, overlapping to the right.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted above the constriction; anthers subsessile, conniving in a cone, the fertile thecae confined to the upper part of the anther below which a brush-like retinacle projects inwards from the connective, adhering to the clavuncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc cupular, lobed or replaced by 5 scale-like processes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary of 2 free carpels each containing ∞ ovules on the ventral placenta; style slender, cylindric; clavuncle annular, style 2-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit of 2 follicles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ∞, ovate to oblong with an apical coma, endosperm scanty or absent.

Native to:

Angola, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Pachypodium Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 16: t. 1321 (1830)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Bot. Reg.: t. 1321 (1830).
  • Pichon in Mem. Inst. Sci. Madag., Sér. B, 2: 98 (1949).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0