Succulents of Madagascar
The Spiny Forest in the semi-arid south and south west of Madagascar is home to most of Madagascar's succulent plants - cactus-like species such as euphorbias, which store water in swollen stems and fleshy leaves. More than 85 per cent of the plant species here are unique to Madagascar, and many of them have important local medicinal uses.
This unique vegetation is under tremendous threat because of the demand for wood for fencing materials and charcoal production, and succulent plants are under additional pressure from collection from the wild.
Succulent plants under threat
Aloe descoingsii ssp. augustina
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Kew's succulent conservation work in Madagascar
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