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Adenium obesum (?)

Adenium from Lake Baringo, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed about 8 km from the west shore of Lake Baringo, Rift Valley, Kenya, Africa. October 2010.

Brilliant pink flower of an Adenium, photo © Michael Plagens Adenium is a popular plant for succulent gardeners and this species, including its several subspecies and varieties, has been widely cutivated. As with many plants adapted to semi-arid environments the stems and/or underground portions can swell to store water and energy. And, also like many such plants this one is protected by toxic plant-produced chemicals. The plant shown here was growing in an area with heavy grazing by goats, which mostly avoid even nipping the leaves. A variety of specialized insects, however, are able to overcome the chemicals or even use them for their own protection.

Apocynaceae -- Dogbane Family

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