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Operculicarya decaryi, Jabily, Elephant Tree

Operculicarya decaryi

Jabily, Elephant Tree
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: Southwestern Madagascar
CaudexCan be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeDry conditionsOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Natural succulent bonsai tree from Madagscar with thickened roots; slow growing, deciduous, dioecious pachycaul, up to 30 feet tall (9 m). It has very small (less than 0.1 inches - 2 mm) dark red flowers in late winter. The inflorescence is at the end of very short branches and are composed of half a dozen of flowers or less. It can be propagated using pieces of the tuberous roots. Stem cuttings need a soil mixture kept uniformly moist, also grow roots in water. This species is named after the collector Raymond Decary.

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