Desert Rose
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Desert Rose
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Desert Rose, Adenium • Manipuri: ꯃꯔꯨꯚꯨꯃꯤ ꯒꯨꯂꯥꯕ Marubhoomi gulab
Botanical name: Adenium obesum    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

A member of the same botanical family as Frangipani, Adenium is sometimes also called Japanese Frangipani. A small treelet, mostly grown in pots, Adenium can reach the height of about 1 meter. The Desert Rose is a native of East Africa. It has fleshy leaves and beautiful 2-inch pink open-trumpet shaped flowers. It is a succulent, and forms more of a bush than a tree. It will be an indoor bonsai in all but the warmest climates. Needs little water during winter, especially when kept cool.

Photographed in cultivation.

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