Common name: Desert rose
Botanical name: Adenium obesum
Other common names: Impala lily, sabi star
General description: A semi-succulent shrub or small tree to 3m with thickened lower stems and swollen base cultivated as a garden ornamental. The bark is smooth and grey.
Flowers: Flowers are 2.5-5cm long, funnel-shaped, 5-lobed and clustered at the ends of branches, white, pink or red in colour often pale with a darker margin.
Leaves: Leaves are leathery in texture, clustered towards the ends of the branches and spirally arranged. They are broadest above the middle (obovate) or oblong or elliptic in shape with a rounded apex, 5-22cm long and 0.5-6cm wide. Leaves can be hairy or not.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are tapered pods borne in pairs, grey or grey brown in colour, 15-16cm long and containing long narrow cylindric seeds that are tipped at each end with a tuft of long silky golden-brown hairs.
Symptoms: All parts of the plant are toxic. Symptoms may include slow heart beat, low blood pressure, lethargy, dizziness and stomach upset.
Toxicity category: 2
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention for any ingestion.