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Flower from a collection by Soumen Aditya

Photo by Boris "Puk" Vrskovy.

Photo by Boris "Puk" Vrskovy.

Photo by Boris "Puk" Vrskovy.

How most people see this magnificent plant.

Author: Friedrich Vierhapper, 1904
Origin:  Socotra
Soil:  Mix - Grit
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2,5 Meters
Height:  3,5 Meters
Flower:  Pale Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Adenium obesum, Roem. & Schult.

This giant member of the Apocynaceae family was described by Friedrich Vierhapper in 1904. It is found on Socotra, growing in grit or an other well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow up to 2,5 meters, the whole plant up to 3,5 meter in height. The flowers are pale pink.

 The larger plants survives without much water, but to grow, they will need some, just like the seedlings, which are depending on quite some water.

The genera is named after the Yemen city of Aden. The species name after Socotra, where it is found.

The flowers occurs early in the season, before the annual rain.

Soil??? They are able to grow in pure limestone.

These limestone areas are dominated by Dracaena cinnabari and Adenium socotranum.