Desert Rose, a succulent dogbane, Adenium, photo © Michael Plagens

Stems are thick and succulent and the base may be swollen. Dark green leaves and bright pink flower.

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Mtanda-mboo, Carissa edulis, from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Shiny, opposite leaves on a spiny shrub or small tree. Milky sap. Edible fruit turns black-purple.

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Pinwheel Milkwood

Pinwheel Jasmine, a cultivated dogbane, photo © Michael Plagens

Evergreen shrub with dark green opposite leaves and milky sap. Fragrant, white, pinwheel-like flowers with 5 petals.

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Big-Leaf Periwinkle

Vinca Major from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Dark green, broad, lance-shaped leaves and vivid purple flowers. Widely cultivated low shrub doing well in partial shade.

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Plumeria sp. from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

This showy dogbane has been redistributed to tropical gardens around the world from it's American origins.

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Yellow Oleander

Yellow Oleander, Thevetia peruviana, photo © Michael Plagens

Shiny green, lance-shaped leaves with milky sap in stem on large woody shrub. Trumpet-shaped bright yellow flowers.

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Soccerball Fruit

Tabernaemontana photo © Michael Plagens

Tree of upland forests with large elyptical leaves and noteably very large, two-lobed fruit.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 30 Jan. 2013,
updated 25 November 2016.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya because I am so new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn them I am teaching myself, sharing with others and happy to receive feedback from web site visitors.