Habitat & Distribution of:
Adenium obesum
Desert Rose, Mock Azalea, Impala Lilly


(Forssk.) Roem. & Schult.


Origin and Habitat

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Origins & Spread:

Tanzania, Arabian Gulf, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman , Eastern Africa

Maximum Height:

Extra Extra Small - under 5 feet;Extra small - under 10 feet;Small - 10 to 25 feet

Species Growth Rate:

Slow - 1 to 12 inches per year

Longevity :

Very Long - greater than 150 years

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Foliage Identification of:
Adenium obesum
Desert Rose, Mock Azalea, Impala Lilly

Foliage Duration:

Evergreen, Partially Deciduous

Foliage Period:

All year

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Foliage Size:

5-15cm long by 1-8cm wide.

Foliage Shape:

narrow and tapering at each end.;egg shape in outline, with the narrow end attached to the stem.

Foliage Arrangement:

Spiral – Arranged along the stem in such a way that a line connecting the points of attachment would form a spiral; a form of alternate arrangement.

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Fall Colour:



The leaves are spirally arranged, clustered toward the tips of the shoots they are simple leather to the touch with entire margin.

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Flower Shape:

Tubular - A flower with a long;thin;straight-sided tube formed of united petals;often separating at the mouth into a flared shape.

Flower Showiness:

Flowering Bonsai;Very showy

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Flower notes:

The flowers are tubular star shaped with five petals, flowers tend to red and pink, often with a whitish blush outward of the throat.

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Fruit Identification Information

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Stem Identification Information:

Bark Colour:

Grey Green

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Bark notes:

The truck is greyish green, smooth with a stout, swollen basal caudex and pachycaul stems.

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