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Photo by Specks Exotica.

Young plant. Photo by Brad Johnson.

The flowers by Plantemania,

Large plant from

Author: Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1891
Origin:  E Ethiopia, NE Kenya
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  2,5-20 Metres
Flower:  Cream
Propagate:  Seeds/(Cuttings)
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Modecca aculeata Oliver, 1880.
Adenia aculeata subsp. manganiana , Wilde
Adenia manganiana, Chiov.

This member of the Passifloraceae  family was given this name by Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1891. It is found in Somalia, eastern Ethiopia and north-eastern Kenya, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow up to 30 centimetres in diameter, the whole small tree reach two meters or even 20 metres with the vines. The flowers are cream coloured.

The name Adenia is derived from aden, meaning gland, and pertains to the glands found on leaves of most of the species. The species name means 'tapered', as the branches are.

Two years, mine have been stopped at three centimetre height.

Then, within a month in late autumn, it grow a 60 centimetre "vine".