- Botanical Name: Pachypodium 'lamerei'
- Common Names: Madagascar Palm
- Description: This striking houseplant hails from Madagascar and because it has leaves growing around the crown this combination gives rise to the common name of Madagascar Palm. Pachypodium means "thick foot" and refers to the thick swollen stem that stores water and gives the plant structure and strength.
The swollen stem grows upwards with the leaves surrounding the crown gradually falling and then growing new ones as it ages. All parts of Pachypodium contain a latex sap which is poisonous. However, even if you do have pets this may not be a total deal breaker because the plant protects itself by way of tough hooked spines that will deter even the most curious cat.