The juice from the roots is poisonous. Keep away from children and pets.
Wearing gloves is recommended when pruning and repotting the plant.
The Adenium Obesum occurs naturally in dry areas in East Africa, from Ethiopia to South Africa.
The Adenium Obesum is an easy to keep plant that requires moderate water. Give the Adenium a warm and light place. The plant likes to be outdoors in the summer and can be a luxury for your garden, but when it gets colder, it should go back inside.
Flowering / re-flowering
The flowers of the Adenium Obesum stand in groups at the top of the branches that are mostly leafless during the flowering period. The flowers consist of a long crown tube, which is usually yellowish on the inside with pink stripes and five crown lips that can be white with a pink edge or pink with a crimson edge.
The fruits are narrow cigar-shaped, up to 24 cm long and 2 cm wide. They stand together with two pieces, placed at right angles to the handle. They burst open when ripe, with many seeds emerging with a crest of silky hairs.
Meanwhile, several glycosides have been found in the Adenium Obesum. This has attracted the attention of modern researchers in the field of cancer medicines. It is therefore possible that the Adenium Obesum will be used in chemotherapy in a few years.
In the Sahel, glycocide is used to combat venereal diseases, while the milky juice is used to solve oral and dental problems.
Milk juice from the Adenium Obesum is used in Kenya to combat lice and mites by smearing itself with it.
When you care for this Adenium Obesum as described, you will be able to enjoy this bonsai-like desert rose for a long time!