Scientific name Pachypodium bispinosum (L. f.) A. DC. 1844
Origin The species is a almost entirely confined to the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa(Port Elizabeth).
Habitat: Usually found in sunny positions on stony places, where they are associated with other representatives of the flora of dry areas. This species, along with P. succulentum can tolerate subzero temperatures in its natural environment in winter. They are found in xeric habitats, and are naturally well adapted to the hot and dry environment in which they grow. The succulent stems act as water stores, and enable the plants to survive the harshest conditions. The thick tuberous underground stems also help the plants to survive long periods without water. They can therefore withstand intense heat and long periods of drought.
Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
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Etymology: Bispinosum means “with paired spins”, even so the name is of no special significance as all pachypodiums possess paired spines.
Description: Deciduous caudiciform shrublet, up to 1.2 m tall. Low-growing, similar to Pachipodium succulentum, with branching shoots and small flowers.