Alluaudia montagnacii

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Alluaudia montagnacii
Alluaudia montagnacii at the botanical garden of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, Genova Pegli
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Core eudicots
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Didiereaceae
Genus:Alluaudia
Species:A. montagnacii
Binomial name
Alluaudia montagnacii
Rauh
 
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Alluaudia montagnacii
Alluaudia montagnacii at the botanical garden of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, Genova Pegli
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Core eudicots
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Didiereaceae
Genus:Alluaudia
Species:A. montagnacii
Binomial name
Alluaudia montagnacii
Rauh

Alluaudia montagnacii is a rare species of flowering plants belonging to the family Didiereaceae.

Description[edit]

Branch and leaves of Alluaudia montagnacii

, Genova Pegli Alluaudia montagnacii can reach a height of 2.4–6 metres (7 ft 10 in–19 ft 8 in). The tall columnar central trunk sprouts strong vertical branches. Stem and branches have symmetrically arranged leaves, about 1.5 cm long, and black-tipped thorns, 2-2.5 cm long. Leaves are deciduous in the long dry season. Photosynthesis is carried on by the stems. This plant is well adapted to live where water is a limiting environmental factor. The flowers are small, green or yellow.

Distribution[edit]

This plant is endemic to southwestern plain of Madagascar.

Habitat[edit]

Alluaudia montagnacii grows in small arid and subarid areas in a narrow belt of the coast. It is part of the Madagascar spiny forests, where it forms a specific plant community with Euphorbia intisy and Euphorbia stenoclada.

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