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Wild plant of A. b. swazicum from northern Eswatini.

This is A. b. var. swazicum. Photo by Gregg DeChirico.

Photo by: Tim Harvey.

This is A. b. var. swazicum.

Photo by: Tim Harvey.

This is A. b. var. swazicum, somewhere in South Africa, I can't recall where.

Author: Hans Schinz, 1888
Origin:  Angola, Namibia (Eswatini?)
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  50 Centimetres
Height:  2 Metres
Flower:  Pink - Deep Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Adenium boehmianum var. swazicum.= Adenium swazicum Otto Stapf, 1907.
Adenium obesum subsp. boehmianum, G.D.Rowley

This member of the Apocynaceae  family was described by Hans Schinz in 1888. It is found in the western part of southern Africa, from Namibia into Angola, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex disappears with age. The plant can grow up to two metres or more.

The genera is named after the Yemen city of Aden. The species name  after G. R. Böhmer, a German botanist. The subspecies; swazicum is the former Adenium swazicum Otto Stapf 1907, now described by Gordon Douglas Rowley in 1974. It is found in the eastern southern Africa: Eastern Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique. It has a bigger caudex; up to one meter in diameter.

Those I found had not really a caudex, but it might have been young plants - all of them. They were found with several hundred meters apart in several populations.

This column is wild plants from northern Eswatini. A. b. swazicom.


Flowers from the side.

Flower from front.

Another wild plant.

Yet another wild plant.

Photo by: Tim Harvey.