The bottle-tree (Pachypodium lealii) is one of the northern Namib's most characteristic features. It has a thick, 'often-disturbed' stem, with long, spiny, drooping branches. Adult bottle-trees can grow up to 2-3m tall, adding to their unmissable qualities. They bear beautiful, hand-sized white flowers with longish, paired fruits. The bottle-tree is a protected species and listed on Cites 2.
Pachypodium lealii can only survive in rocky locations of north-western Namibia and southern Angola; the only know plant range for this plant. There are 2 known species occurring in Namibia and the plant has been used to treat ear infections and wounds, and for the Bushmen to make poison for arrows.Plants of Namibia Wildlife of Namibia
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