Pachypodium lealii Rowley 1973 (Bottle Tree)
Named for: Fernando da Costa Leal, Portuguese cartographer, army officer, Governer of Huila.
This species is a shrubby tree up to 25ft tall with a bottle-shaped trunk. The oblong leaves have a velvety covering. The large flowers are white, tinged with purple, and sweetly perfumed.
Native to Northwestern Namibia and Southwestern Angola, growing on hot, dry, rocky hillsides. Closely related to P. saundersii but with a range separated by over 300 miles.
Photo: Mike Vale
Pachypodium lealii subsp. saundersii Rowley 1973 (Bottle Tree)
Named for: Fernando da Costa Leal, Portuguese cartographer.
Syn. Pachypodium saundersii N.E. Brown 1892
Named for: Sir Charles James Renault Saunders.
This succulent shrub has spiny, succulent stems up to 4ft tall with a swollen base up to 3ft in diameter. The dark green leaves are smooth. The white waxy flowers are tinged with purple.
Native to a range from Southern Zimbabwe, Southern Mozambique to Northern Kwa ZuluNatal and Northern South Africa, growing among rocks in in dry forest.