The desert rose is a succulent shrub/small tree that grows up to 12 feet tall. It is protected from harvesting in its native land of Socotra due to population decline and loss of habitat.
It varies dramatically from region to region in its bodily structure and shape due to differing climates. However, similar to baobab in its construction, both have a caudex (base of the trunk) to store water to prevent overheating. In addition, desert rose is covered with a waxy material, which further prevents overheating.
The succulent leaves are thick and cactus-like. A wrinkled caudex is a sought after botanical prize-they add character and is highly sought after. The flowers are striking and should not be overlooked. The desert rose is a desired bonsai tree for the most prominent collectors. Don’t be fooled by a look-alike species commonly called Thai socotranum, a much easier tree to grow and often confused with Adenium socotranum.
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- Toxic to animals and humans