Common Name: desert rose
Origin: Adenium obesum is widespread across East and Northeast Africa, and has naturalized in Sri Lanka and Thailand. The succulent prefers habitats with frequent summer precipitation and dry winters.
Description: A. obesum is a succulent shrub to small tree that possesses thick stems, a swollen caudex, and an open crown of glaucous leaves arranged in spirals at branch tips. Branches are crooked, glaucous to brown, and leafless along the body, often being evergreen in cultivation. During the summer, satisfied succulents will develop terminal clusters of showy flowers – pink to red, and occasionally white or with white centers – blooming for 2-3 days before perishing. Flowers will be followed by pale gray to brown fruits in the form of twin follicles that are united at the base, resembling the horns of an ox.
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