Adenium obesum

Adenium obesum (Desert Rose)

Apocynaceae | Cactus

Native To:

Tropical Southern,
Eastern Africa/Arabia

Plant Status:

Secure

Plant Habit:

Succulent shrub,
grows red and pink flowers

Plant Habitat:

Temperate climate

Cultural Uses

Although the desert rose looks beautiful, the roots contain a sap that can cause heart failure in humans and even large game animals. In Africa, hunters coat their arrow tips in the poisonous sap in order to kill some animals quickly. In small doses, the plant can also serve to treat skin diseases and infections.

Interesting Fact

The desert rose, like many other succulents and desert plants, is very resistant to damage and drought. It can live for hundreds of years and is a popular bonsai plant.

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