Adenia

 

Adenia is not to be mistaken for adenIUM. Although they are both caudiciform and are both named for the city of Aden in Yemen, they belong to different botanical families.

Adenias are popular for their swollen woody stem. This type of stem is called caudex. Adenias form fairly large and decorative ones. Since the caudex is the main attraction, these plants are propagated mostly by seeds since the cuttings, although they strike easily and bloom earlier, rarely produce a caudex.

Adenias are dioecious, which means that plants are either male of female, and that you need both sex in order to produce seeds.

These plants originate from Africa and Madagascar, and should be kept at over 40F (4C)

The sap of Adenia is poisonous, and they should be handled with caution, particularly when pruning.

Species and varieties
Adenia aculeata
Adenia digitata (Wild Granadilla )
Adenia glauca
Adenia globosa
Adenia pechuelii (Elephant's Foot)
Adenia spinosa
Adenia venenata
Adenia angustisecta synonym of Adenia digitata (Wild Granadilla )
Adenia buchananii synonym of Adenia digitata (Wild Granadilla )
Adenia multiflora synonym of Adenia digitata (Wild Granadilla )
Adenia senensis synonym of Adenia digitata (Wild Granadilla )
Adenia stenophylla synonym of Adenia digitata (Wild Granadilla )

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