Pachypodium rutenbergianum - 5 seeds
Pachypodium rutenbergianum is a candelabrum-shaped tree forming a stout, succulent, bottle-shaped trunk and is the largest of the pachypodiums, 3 to 9 m tall (occasionally it may reach 15 m with time). It has a heavily branched crown of thick forking branches. The showy pure white often with yellowish-green center flowers are large, asymmetrical and smell of perfume. The leaves form around the growth tips of the trunk and branches and have a downward curvature in the length. Trunk: Bottle-shaped or cigar-shaped up to 6-9 m (or more) in height and 15-100 cm at the base. Bark grey, grey-green or pale silvery brown, smooth or with leaf scars. The branches are heavily armed with spines. First branches narrowly ovoid, 5-20 cm in diameter at the base and tapering at the apex. Branchlets 1-3.5 cm in diameter, covered with spines.