Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Madagascan Ocotillo: One Spiny Beast!

Alluaudia procera, commonly called the Madagascar Ocotillo, looks, particularly when younger, like an Ocotillo (commonly found in Southwestern United States deserts). It is not, however, closely related to Ocotillo plants at all and is actually in the plant family Didiereaceae,consisting of just eleven species all found in the Southwestern part of Madagascar. They also appear to be related to the portulaca (Portulacaceae) family.

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