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Pachypodium ambongense Poiss.
Bull. Trimestriel Acad. Malgache n.s., 6: 162 (1922-1923 publ. 1924)
Family: APOCYNACEAE

Pachypodium ambongense Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner
2+ meter tall specimens at Cycad International, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. "The lost pachypodium" is an apt description for this rarest of the rare species. Sketchy accounts published in the 1920's were all anyone had of this beautiful species until its rediscovery in 1990. Plants were introduced into cultivation and now many years later, propagations are slowly making their way to collectors. Even though it's free flowering, Pachypodium ambongense is the most difficult species to make seed of. It will always be rare.

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Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Elephant's trunk
CHINESE (中文): 安博棒錘樹
UKRAINIAN (Українська): Паxіподіум амбонгензе, Паxіподіум амбонгензький


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Spines are paired, straight, 5-10 mm long, occasionally with a shorter ascending central. Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner
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Flowering habit at Cycad International, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner

19896 josef Josef Cycad Perner
2+ meter tall specimens at Cycad International, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner
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Pachypodium ambongense and Encephalartos cerinus at Jurassic Cycad Gardens in Katherine in the Northern Territory of Australia. Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner

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Branches at Cycad International, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner
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Pachypodium ambongense Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner

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Pachypodium ambongense Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner
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Blooming habit at Cycad International, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo by: Josef Cycad Perner

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