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  Adenium obesum (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult
  Family Name : Apocynaceae

  Synonyms : Adenium multiflorum, Adenium arabicum

  Common Names : Desert Rose, Impala Lily

  Chinese Name : 沙漠玫瑰, 富贵花

Desert Rose,Impala Lily
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      0.5 m to 2 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Eastern Africa to Southern Arabia
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Succulent shrub with a swollen base known as a caudex.
      Foliage: Smooth, glossy green leaves are obovate with entire leaf margin and truncate or rounded leaf apex. Leaves are spirally arranged.
      Flowers: Flowers are tubular with 5 oval-shaped lobes that are flared and perpendicular to the floral tube axis (known as salverform).
      Cultivation :
      Although this species is commonly known as 'Desert Rose', it grows well in tropical, humid climates. Insects are generally not a problem, but be careful of scale insects, mealy bugs and spider mites. Fungal and bacterial stem or root rot cause serious damage that is difficult to treat. Infected plant parts should be removed immediately. To obtain a plant with a swollen base (caudex), the plant needs to be propagated from seed and not by stem cutting.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      [Others]: In Africa, tribal peoples apply the toxic milky latex of this species to arrows.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Stems
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Container Planting, Bonsai
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Rockery / Desert Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Toxic Upon Ingestion, [Remarks] (Milky sap is poisonous and can cause skin irritation or allergies.)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Explosive Dehiscence)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      [Remarks] (Prune new shoots by removing smallest two leaves at tip of shoot or remove one inch from tip of stem to encourage multi-branching.)
      Fertilizing :
      Apply fortnightly or once monthly with water-soluble fertilizer at half-strength.
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting, Air-Layering
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      [Remarks] (In its native habitat, it sheds it leaves during the dry, cool winter. In Singapore, this species is evergreen.)
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Glossy / Shiny, Leathery
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Truncate, Rounded
      Foliar Base :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Flower Lifespan On Plant :
      Several Weeks
      Flowering Habit :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Follicle)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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