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Relatives from opposite sides of the Earth,yet so similar.


By stan510


This is how much the Pachypodium lamerei in the same family( Apocynaceae) as Plumeria rubra have blooms so much alike. Convergent evolution.
One from dry season Mexico and the other from the island of Madagascar’s spiny forest doing what it needed to do- grow spines on young plants. Older HUGE P.lamerei plants-ancient really- seem to drop any spines on the trunk.

When the Pachy blooms do open- so far its been a month of getting there- a follow up photo.

Pachy bloom stalk

The whole spiny plant

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The wind circles the earth, carrying seeds with it.

2 Oct, 2016


I've got a Pachypodium lamerei. I didn't know it belonged to the same family as Plumeria.

2 Oct, 2016


Another? Oleander. White Oleander is near identical. The downside to that plant is its TOO perfect for our climate and its a freeway plant. Not to be snobbish- but it IS soooo passe.
Oops, that was snobbish-lol. Well,I might have kiddingly exaggerated as the White Oleander trained as a tree (standard) is a beauty.

The Desert Rose and Mandavilla vines also are grown in the family. These plants have wide ranges of sensitivity to cold. Oleander has survived brutal cold in Med climates and in the American Southeast...Desert Rose will rot in one good cold rain.

2 Oct, 2016

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