Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch

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Adenium multiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Theo's Restaurant, Enterprise rd, Harare

Adenium multiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Theo's Restaurant, Enterprise rd, Harare

Adenium multiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Turn-off to Chipinge/Chimanimani near Birchenough Bridge.

Adenium multiflorum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Humani Ranch, west of the Save River

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Synonyms: Adenium obesum (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult. var. multiflorum (Klotzsch) Codd
Common names: Impala lily (English) Sabi star (English)
Description: Succulent shrub, 30 cm to 3 m, with silvery-grey, swollen stems. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, normally absent at the time of flowering. Flowers along the branches, very showy, white, edged with pink to deep red, rarely pure white.
Notes: It is threatened by collectors for both horticultural and medicinal purposes and its habitat is often degraded by cattle. It is listed as Endangered.
Derivation of specific name: multiflorum: many-flowered
Flowering time:May - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Malawi and Zambia southwards to South Africa and Eswatini
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Insects associated with this species: Daphnis nerii (Larval foodplant)
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Image last updated: Thursday 21 December 2006

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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Adenium obesum multiflorum

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 162.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 465 - 467. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Adenium multiflorum
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Adenium multiflorum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenium multiflorum
African Plant Database: Adenium multiflorum
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adenium multiflorum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adenium multiflorum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Adenium multiflorum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenium multiflorum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenium multiflorum
Plants of the World Online: Adenium multiflorum
Tropicos: Adenium multiflorum
Wikipedia: Adenium multiflorum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Adenium multiflorum., retrieved 29 March 2023

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