Challenge for the sustainable use of Pachypodium genetic resources
Pachypodium consists of about 20 species distributed in Madagascar and southern Africa. Due to over picking of plants in their natural habitats, some Pachypodium species are endangered. In this paper, horticultural values of Pachypodium are analyzed through a comparison with bonsai, orchid and cacti plants. The main value of Pachypodium is a tasteful and quaint appearance which can be produced under natural conditions. Stable production and culture techniques to grow quickly without losing the allure of Pachypodium are important horticultural tasks. The establishment of valuable cultivars through both preservation of genetic resources and intensive breeding programs are also required. Production of sufficient number of highly valued plants would prevent wild plant picking in their habitat and enhance benefits of these genetic resources. Sharing knowledge and collaboration works are keys for the sustainable use of these genetic resources.
Fukai, S. (2020). Challenge for the sustainable use of Pachypodium genetic resources. Acta Hortic. 1267, 33-38
caudex, wild forms, horticultural value, conservation