Adenium oleifolium Stapf

Adenium oleifolium occurs in South Africa and extreme southern Botswana. It is the smallest species in the genus. The caudex is subterranean, and the stems are scarcely succulent and rarely reach a foot tall. The small flowers are usually pale pink, with a yellow throat and prominent red nectar guides. The anther appendages are just shorter than the tube, or may be slightly exserted.

Plant and foliage of A. oleifolium. The plant is in a 6-inch pot and is about 6 years old.

A. oleifolium grown with its caudex left underground.

Flower of A. oleifolium. Note the yellow throat and moderately long anther appendages.

A. oleifolium selected for darker flower color.


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