PLANTS OF KENYA
21-12-2020 di redazione
At first glance it looks like a miniature baobab, with the base of the trunk being very bulky and swollen, formed by both the roots and the stem, and the branches not being too long, with whitish streaks giving it an almost smooth appearance.
Adenium Obesum, known as Desert Rose or Madagascar Oleander is a plant that is very easy to see in tropical gardens on the Kenyan coast. It shares with oleander the shape of its flowers, its existence in drought and the toxicity of some of its parts, in fact some indigenous peoples use its sap to make arrows for hunting.
Its name seems to derive from the Gulf of Aden, between Africa and Saudi Arabia, because that is where it was first discovered.
Belonging to the Apocynaceae family, it is widespread in the Sub-Saharan area, and has given rise to numerous subspecies that differ from each other in the colour of their flowers, the shape of their trunk and leaves, and above all in their size, which can reach up to 3 metres in height. As a shrubby plant native to desert areas, it prefers dry climates and thrives in sunny areas with temperatures above 20°C. It can also withstand periods of drought as its trunk, like the baobab, stores water and moisture inside.
In the language of flowers, the desert rose is the plant that is associated with true and lasting love, which can withstand adversity.
The flower of the Adenium consists of five white or pink petals with darker tips, contrasting strongly with the bright green leaves and the short, slender stem of the plant, which can grow to more than 10 cm in size.
The flowering period is very long and the beauty is enchanting...unforgettable!
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PLANTS OF KENYA
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di Simona Cascarano
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PLANTS OF KENYA
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