1. Family: Apocynaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Adenium Roem. & Schult.
      1. Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Apocynaceae, A. J. M. Leeuwenberg and F. K. Kupicha et al.. Flora Zambesiaca 7:2. 1985

    Habit
    Succulent shrubby tree, 0·5–3·5 m. high with a large carrot-like root, up to 1 m. in diameter with poisonous white latex; bark shiny, grey.
    Leaves
    Leaves usually appearing after the flowers, subsessile; lamina obovate to oblong, 1·5–3(5·5) times as long as wide, (3·5)7·6–12·5 x (1·4)2–7·6 cm., acute or rounded to emarginate and apiculate to mucronate at the apex, glabrous on both sides; secondary veins conspicuous, (5)6–11(13); petiole 3–7 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 0·75–2 x 0·5–1·5 cm., bracts narrowly obovate, 4–6 x 1–3 mm., acuminate.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels densely pubescent to tomentose, 2–4 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Sepals narrowly ovate, 6–10 x 2·5–3 mm., pubescent outside, appressed-pubescent inside, especially towards the apex.
    Corolla
    Corolla red to white; tube pink to white, red-striped within the throat (2)2·5–4 times as long as the calyx, 2·2–3·9 x 1–1·3 cm. pubescent outside, sometimes towards the extreme base somewhat less pubescent inside with a pubescence of obscure glandular hairs, usually on the main veins with strigose glandular hairs; narrow basal portion 0-·9–1·1(1·4)timesaslongasthecalyx, 7–10 x 3–7 mm.; lobes pink to white with deep pink to scarlet margins, 1–3–2·9 x 1–1·9 cm., narrowly ovate to narrowly obovate, mucronate to apiculate, crispate, outside sparsely and minutely pubescent, glabrous inside, with a velutinous scale, 2 x 2–2·5 mm., at the base.
    Stamens
    Stamens distinctly exserted; free portion of filament densely pubescent outside, lanate inside; anther 5·5–7 x 0·5–1 mm.; thecae 2–3 x 0·5 mm.; appendages pink to white, 2–4·9 times as long as the anther, hispid especially on the outside.
    Pistil
    Pistil 10·5–12·5(15) mm. long; ovary glabrous; carpels 1–2 x 0·5–1 x 0·5–1·5 mm.; style 8–11 x 0·5 mm.; clavuncula 1–1·5 x 0·5–1 mm.
    Fruits
    Fruit pale grey to pale grey-brown, (7–)10–18 x 0·8–1·5 cm.
    Seeds
    Seed very pale brown, glabrous or very minutely appressed pubescent, 1–1·5 x 0·2–0·3 cm.; comas dirty white to light brown, 2–3 cm. long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Shaw, C.O. 15252.000

    First published in W.C.H.Peters, Naturw. Reise Mossambique 6(1): 279 (1861)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0