Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus
Operculicarya pachypus

Operculicarya Pachypus

(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Operculicarya Pachypus belongs to the Anacardiaceae family and is native to Madagascar. Offering a dormancy of winters, the plant can grow up to 4 feet tall. It is cone-shaped and looks like an odd bonsai tree. 

Growth Rate

Along with its amazing regenerative properties, the Operculicarya pachypus growth rate is relatively slow and grows at its own pace. However, in about 10 years, it can outgrow its indoor location. 


In the later winter, you will see small yellow-green flowers blooming. The branches are differently colored and the green leaves are tiny. 

Watering and Feeding

It likes a lot of water in the warm summers. During the winter they may go dormant, so water less during this period. Regularly feed the plant with a normal fertilizer for better Operculicarya pachypus care.


As with all succulents, fast-draining potting soil is what this plant enjoys. Avoid peat and amend the soil with drainage material like pumice or peat. 


Keep in mind that the hardiness zone of Operculicarya Pachypus is 10b to 11b. It cannot withstand freezing temperatures and has a frost tolerance of 1.7°C. 


Along with a warm temperature, Operculicarya Pachypus likes full sun to light shade. Since it thrives in dry temperatures, the plant is tolerant of direct sun.


Use Operculicarya pachypus seeds or cuttings to propagate this plant. The most practical approach is to break off a piece of its root and let the tiny leaves form off the tip in about three weeks.

Operculicarya Pachypus are perfect for busy people who don’t have too much time to water and care for their plants but who want to have a little bit of greenery in their living or working environment.

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season Summer
Common Name Cat tail
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Pink
Frost Tolerance 10 c
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 11b
Height 18 cm
Origin Madagascar
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Operculicarya pachypus
Shape Rosette-forming
Sun Exposure Full sun

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Shinichi A.
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very nice

Very nicely packed and all plants I got looked very healthy.

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Operculicarya pachypus

Excellent quality. Plant is thriving

Jose C.
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Love my pachypus! Very well packaged! Thanks

Katie R.

Shipping was fast and Packaging was great!...

Shipping was fast and Packaging was great! My little tree looks so cute I can't wait to see it grow!

Operculicarya pachypus

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Colder regions warning: If you are expecting temperatures below 40 degrees within the next five days after placing your order, we highly recommend adding a heat pack to your order. We are now offering 72-hour heat packs by request, and if your order is $50.00 or more, you will get a heat pack free of charge by request. To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship. Care instructions are included in every package you order. We ship via USPS Priority Mail, and we calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time.