Description: It is a dwarf shrub, up to 30 cm high, with an enlarged
succulent stem with few branches, sometimes partly below ground that
tend to droop or spread, especially in plants that are too shaded;
mature plants have massive roots and thick stems, but a caudex is
evident only in young ones.
Leaves: Long, narrow and succulent up to 13 cm long x 3 cm wide,
tapering to both ends or widest near the tips, often folded lengthwise
and usually slightly crisped (wavy), softly pubescent below, losing
hairs later without conspicuous veins ; lighter green than in most adeniums.
Flower: Uniformly coloured pink to deep reddish purple, average
6-7 cm in diameter, in terminal Inflorescence, appearing with
leaves. Blooming over a long season normally in late summer and
autumn (Some clones, however, are in almost continuous bloom,
experiencing only a few weeks of rest in late winter)
Remarks: Adenium swazicum was used in
intergeneric hybrids with A. obesum and some of the most floriferous
hybrids belong to this group.
Propagation: Seed, grafting or cuttings that develop the same
characteristics in a few years.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of plants belonging to theAdenium