Alluaudia Procera. Madagascan Ocotillo.
The Alluaudia Procera is a very unusual succulent tree. Scarcely branched the stems are straight and cylindrical, whitish-grey in colour and covered in grey spines, although on mature plants the lower parts can be spineless. Rounded succulent leaves are around 2.5cm long and occur in pairs. In winter the plant is leafless. Clusters of yellow or whitish-green flowers develop at the ends of the branches but they rarely flower on plants grown indoors. Easy to grow it makes a very unique houseplant in the UK if given bright light. It is classified as 'near threatened' on the IUCN Red List so a great one for the collectors.
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Latin Name: Alluaudia Procera.
Common Name: Madagascan Ocotillo. African Ocotillo.
Origin: Southern and Southwestern Madagascar.
Hardiness: Frost tender.
Growth: Succulent tree. Whitish-grey trunk covered with thorns.Oval or rounded leaves in pairs along the trunk. Can produce flowers if conditions are right. Deciduous in winter. Leaves will grow back in spring. Can reach 15m tall in habitat.
Sunlight: Full sun.
Soil: Well drained
Moisture: Water thoroughly and then allow to dry before re-watering. Water scarcely in winter until leaves re-appear.
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