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Operculicarya pachypus
Scientific Name: Operculicarya pachypus Urs Eggli
Family: Anacardiaceae
Operculicarya  pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus in Art Pacheco's collection in Tucson (USA)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Avoid any frost

Heat Tolerance: Protect young trees from afternoon sun in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Small area in southwestern Madagascar, close to Toliara

Growth Habits: Deciduous pachycaul shrub, up to 4 feet tall (1.2 m)

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds are often unreliable

Operculicarya pachypus differs from Operculicarya decaryi by having glabrous twigs and yellow green flowers. It is much less common than O. decaryi in the wild. The species name pachypus comes from the Greek for 'thick foot'.

Cultural Practices:
Operculicaryas need a dry/cool season in order to bloom.

Blooming Habits:
The Operculicarya pachypus has very small (less than 0.1 inches - 2 mm) yellow-green flowers in late winter.

Fruiting Habits:

Operculicarya can be readily propagated using pieces of the tuberous roots.

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