A Madagascan pachycaul with a cigar-shaped trunk that can reach 30 feet tall, rarely branching until it reaches considerable size. The thick silvery trunk is covered with heavy spines and is crowned with half inch wide, foot long or longer dark-green leaves with a red mid vein. Very attractive as a landscape specimen in frost free areas, as a potted 'patio' plant or even as a house plant. Has a dormancy period in winter and loses it leaves. A popular, easy to cultivate plant that, like P. lameri, sometimes is referred to as a 'Madagascar Palm'.
Note: Pachypodiums go dormant in winter and lose their leaves. Do not be alarmed by this natural leaf drop.