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Adenium obesum

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Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:04 pm Unread post
Saw these Adenium obesum flowering quite profusely - late December
At the junction of the H3 and S110, B & D area, Kruger.
Most of them were growing at the base of a "nurse bush".

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Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:16 pm Unread post
Beautiful! :D


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Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:09 pm Unread post
:doh: :D

The Impala lilly is called Adenium multiflorum. But in some (older) books it is called Adenium obesum var. multiflorum.

I think this is where the confusion came from.

But this is actually neither! :wink:

This is Adenium swazicum.

It is closely related to the Impala lilly and was previously known as the Summer Impala lilly (it flowers in summer while the Impala lilly flowers in winter.) Today it is known as the Swazi lilly. It is one of our endangered species.


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Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:14 am Unread post
In Gordon Rowly's book on Pachypodium and Adenium, he calls it Adenium obesum var swazicum

Botanists are known for nit-picking :think:


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Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:07 pm Unread post
:lol: Now you know why I prefer common names above scientific names ... they change less often. :doh:

Well probably not true in the case of the Swazi lilly. :hmz:

So ... can we call it "that beautiful pink flower found in Kruger which flowers (mostly) in the summer and is found on a rather thick stemmed little bush"?
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