Adenium somalense var. crispum x obesum
Common Names: Adenium hybrid, desert rose
Accepted Name: Adenium obesum
Geographic Origin: This species is a hybrid between Adenium somalense var. crispum and Adenium obesum, and was created in cultivation by Mark Dimmitt. The parent species A. obesum originates from Eastern Africa, Northeastern Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula, while A. somalense var. crispum is native to the coast of southern Somalia.
Description: A. somalense var. crispum x obesum is an evergreen shrub or small tree that possesses woody, light brown stems and recurved, dark-green petals with a white pattern. The distinctive traits of each parent species are highlighted by the hybrid, including the petals and red flowers of A. somalense var. crispum, as well as the thin stems and above-ground caudex of A. obesum. Both parent species flower year-round, but are more floriferous during autumn.
Cultivation and Care:
- Watering: Moderate
- Propagation: Hybrids and cultivars must be propagated through cuttings or grafting in order to preserve the distinctive characteristics, while the parent plants are usually produced by seedstock. Grafting is the preferred method, as species propagated by cuttings have under-developed caudices.
- Special Accommodations: A. somalense var. crispum is more frost sensitive than other varieties, and A. somalense var. crispum x obesum should be offered the same protections. Cover or move indoors when temperatures drop beneath 50°F, and do not expose to humid or overly hot conditions.