Operculicarya decaryi is named after the collector Raymond Decary. It is very popular among caudex lovers for its typical bonsai shape. It has very slow growth, rarely exceeding 5 meters in height. It consists of a woody, globular or conical trunk, which allows the plant to store considerable quantities of water, so much that in its native areas animals use it as a water source for survival. Just like a tree, numerous branches grow from the trunk. It can be easily recognized by its small round, green leaves, symmetrically arranged on the sides of the branches. During the flowering season, it blooms with small, dark red, inconspicuous flowers.