Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch

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Adenium multiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no3, Gorongosa National Park.

Adenium multiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no3, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Adenium obesum (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult. var. multiflorum (Klotzsch) Codd
Common names: Impala lily (English) Sabi star (English)
Status: Native
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
Habitat: In rocky or sandy areas in dry woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Malawi and Zambia southwards to South Africa and Swaziland
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Daphnis nerii (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Friday 27 August 2010

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 113 - 114. (Includes a picture).

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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 19.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 13 - 16. (Includes a picture).

Davies, H.F. (Undated). Alphabetical Catalogue of Plants growing in the gardens of Ewanrigg National Park, Arcturus. [Possibly not published (typed only)] Page 4.

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

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 18.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 91, plates 123, 124 & 125

Other sources of information about Adenium multiflorum:

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Flora of Malawi: Adenium multiflorum
Flora of Zambia: Adenium multiflorum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Adenium multiflorum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Adenium multiflorum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenium multiflorum
African Plant Database: Adenium multiflorum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Adenium multiflorum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adenium multiflorum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adenium multiflorum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Adenium multiflorum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adenium multiflorum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Adenium multiflorum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Adenium multiflorum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adenium multiflorum
JSTOR Plant Science: Adenium multiflorum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenium multiflorum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenium multiflorum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Adenium multiflorum
Tropicos: Adenium multiflorum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Adenium multiflorum., retrieved 19 February 2018

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