13 responses to “Alluaudia procera”

  1. Lindy Lou

    What an amazing plant!

  2. Duke Benadom

    Here is the same species (left, foreground) in flower. The tall plant adjacent to the windows on the right is Alluaudia ascendens, and the one somewhat obscured (windows on the left) is Alluaudia montagnacea… just for comparison.

    1. Denis

      Nice. Looks like an inspiration for an illustration in a Dr. Suess book.

  3. Jessica

    Ha!!! The garden is beautiful. But, it really does look like something out of Dr. Suess…or Star Trek.

    Thanks for the photos and info on this fascinating plant and its family.

    I love this website. Always something to learn.


  4. bruce boone

    Mmm. I don’t really know anything about botany, just like plants, so this may be a needless heads-up. But during visits to Carlsbad New Mexico a decade ago I remember walking a new and expensive housing section on the ridge above the city, seeing a certain similar but much smaller kind of cactus that this plant I like with rows of thorny spines was called an “ocotillo.” I don’t know if homeowners got it from nurseries or it was native to the area.

  5. PAT

    Another new plant for my list. Madagascar is a fascinating place. One day the earth will recognize its value and make it into a sanctuary

  6. Susan Gustavson

    Such fascinating plants. If you can’t get to Madagascar, the L.A. Arboretum is a good place to see them and many more exotic and rare plants. And they have added some really engaging garden sculpture to the grounds. It’s well worth the visit if you are in the area. Forgive the hat that snuck in to the shot.

  7. Wendy Cutler

    Here is another place that people can see one: the Cactus Garden at Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu. The tag on this just says Alluaudia sp.

    1. Dana D

      This plant is a definite candidate for a Dr. Suess plant!

  8. Wendy Cutler

    Here is a close-up from the above garden.

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