Operculicarya Primer
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Operculicarya Primer
Operculicarya Primer

Operculicarya Primer

Operculicarya Decaryi

When thinking of Operculicarya, the term "knobby bark" best describes it's most attractive feature. This Madagascar family of trees has a couple of different forms. Operculicarya decaryi grows upright, like a conventiional tree, but has a very thick trunk, almost like a baobob tree (Adansia). Bonsai hobbiest try to restrict it's growth and make it appear more compact. The other popular species, which has only recently become available in the market place, is O. pachypus. It stays compact without needing trimming, attains a very fat trunk, and has the same highly charactered knobby bark. Both species develop tuberous roots. If the tree is not too large, it can lifted to expose the large sausage looking roots. Below are some photos of specimen Operculicarya taken at recent cactus and succulent plant club shows. 

Very Old Pot Grown Operculicarya

Tuberous Roots Exposed on this Operculicarya decaryi

Tuberous Roots Exposed on this Operculicarya decaryi

A large Operculicarya pachypus