|Author: ||Jonas M.
||White / Yellow
Pachypodium geayi var. mikea ?
This member of the Apocynaceae
given this name by Jonas M. Lüthy in 2005. It is found near Toliara
on Madagascar, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The swollen stem
can grow to 35 centimetres or more in diameter, and reach a height of
metres. The large flowers are white with a yellow throat.
The genera name from Greek; pachys; 'thick' and Greek
podion; 'small foot' for the thick caudiciform trunk, formed by
some species. The species is named after the Mikea people, a group
of Malagasy-speaking horticulturalists and foragers who are often
described as the lowland hunter-gatherers of Madagascar.
IPNI has Pachypodium as members of the Brassicaceae family.