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- noun one species: succulent shrub or tree of tropical Africa and Arabia
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The adenium bears some slight resemblance, on a small scale, to the unsightly baobab-tree of
Adenium obesum, called chuan chom in Thai, has been grown in Thailand for decades, but the introduction of other adenium species into the country in recent years has resulted in intensive breeding and cross-breeding that produced hundreds of spectacular hybrids.
One only has to look at the stalls selling adenium hybrids to understand what Mr Al Ghurair means.
Thailand leads the world in developing hybrids of adenium, a genus of succulents
There are so many cultivars that adenium alone would nearly fill one container, and I spotted Mr Al Ghurair eyeing a 70cm specimen with a well-developed caudex, or swollen stem, and covered by showy, bright red flowers.
When buying adenium, some collectors look at the caudex while others make their choices based on the flowers.
Actually, adenium is one of the easiest plants to grow, but you have to provide it with full sun in order to bear flowers and for the stem to swell.