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 Operculicarya decaryi

Author:   Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie, 1944
Family:  Anacardiaceae
Origin:  South-West Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  1 meter
Height:  9 meters
Flower:  Red/Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Jabily
Synonyms:  -

Below are from the southern-western part of Madagascar.


This small tree is a member of the Anacardiaceae family, first described by Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie in 1944. It is found in the south-west of Madagascar, growing in well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun, but it can get too much. The stem will grow to one meter in diameter and reach for 9 meters. The flowers are dark red to brown and it's possible reproduce the plant by cuttings.

The genera name from Latin operculum; 'little lid' and Greek karyum; 'nut', referring to the lidded, nut-like seeds. The species is named after Raymond Decary, 20th century plant collector.

O. decaryi is a thick stemmed tree with more or less straight pubescent branches and usually red flowers.

O. pachypus Eggli 1995 is a dwarf pachycaul (one meter high, 50 centimetres in diameter), with strongly zig-zagged smooth branches and yellowish-green flowers.

A. Randrianasolo  & P. P. Lowry, 2006: "Several additional features separate O. decaryi from other members of the genus whose leaves have a winged rachis, including leaflets that are totally glabrous below, and branches that are straight (rather than zig-zag in orientation, as in O. pachypus)".

The one is O. decaryi from Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

And it's flowers.

These are the flowers of O. pachypus, found at