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The name "succulent" is derived from the Afrikaans name vetplant meaning fat plant and has a unique morphological feature. The extraordinary floristic diversity of Southern Continental Africa and Madagascar is not only one of the region's greatest natural asset, but also one of the botanical invaluable wonders of the world. Succulent plants are fascinating in their diversity of form. In nature the wide-range from towering trees size as the moringa drouhardii to centimeters high of stone - lithops. Apart the interest for succulent, enthusiasts have a growing interest in applying bonsai techniques to succulent. Bonsai is an ancient art form that seeks to re-create nature in minature.

Succulent are native to tropical and semi-tropical and regions around the globe, many species are naturally small "dwarfing" in the wild due to harsh conditions. Succulent species are found in steepen mountains slope, crevices and rocky ground while enduring abrasive winds, erratic water supply, dramatic fluctuations in daily temperature, browsing by animals and bright sunlight. Madagascar are often subjected to regular cyclone and almost predictable droughts, prolonged periods of below-average rainfall thus transforming the climate into harsh and inhospitable conditions. 18 of the genus pachypodium exist in Madagascar and five other to South African countries. Most species are cactus - like with thick branches bearing spines leaves and flowers that are adapted to store water for long period.. Some species are small such as Pachypodium brevicaulis, Pachypodium gracilis and Pachypodium rosulatum. Others are trees up to 10m high e.g. Pachypodium geayi, Pachypodium lameri. Plants that are recommanded for bonsai technique are mostly adenium obesum, chorisia speciosa, Euphorbia, Jatropha, Moringa, Pachypodium or Alluaudia.

 
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PACHYPODIUM RUTENBERGIANUM
UNCARINA ABBREVIATA
UNCARINA LEANDRII
UNCARINA PELTATA
UNCARINA SAKALAVA

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