Desert rose

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Desert rose (Adenium obesum)

***** Location: Yemen
***** Season: Late Spring
***** Category: Plant


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Desert rose, mock azalea, impala lily, and Sabi star are just some of the common names of a plant coming to a mega-store near you. Long grown by succulent plant enthusiasts because of its bizarre shape, beautiful flowers in colors from deep red to pure white, and its tolerance of occasional neglect, adeniums are rapidly becoming popular horticultural subjects and houseplants worldwide.

Adenium socotranum is currently the rarity of the group. It originates only from the isolated island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean south of the Arabian peninsula and east of the Horn of Africa. This is the giant of the group, with massive trunks up to 10 ft tall and 8 ft in diameter! For many years Socotra hosted a Soviet naval port and was off limits to most everyone, restricting the availability of plants and seeds.

In recent years it is accessible, but the authorities are very protective of the natural resources and it is illegal to collect plant material of any type. Adenium socotranum occurs by the thousands in nature, but relatively few plants exist in cultivation. Occasionally seed becomes available from the few plants that are in cultivation, and nurseries and botanic gardens are starting to propagate this desirable rarity.
source: http://www.hort.wisc.edu/

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Things found on the way


in a wall crack
red stars..
la "rose du désert"

Heike Gewi, Yemen, January 2008

Related words

***** Desert, sand desert



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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When rainfall salutes
the heart senses its mere breath..
la "rose du désert"