Desert Roses Are Poisonous
desert rose
The botanical name of desert rose is Adenium obesum. In Southeast Asia, it has an incorrect Chinese name that literally means wealth flower. Possibly when it was first marketed, it was given such name to attract buyers.

It usually grows to two feet tall. Its leaf is obovate in shape and is sessile (having no leafstalk). The leaf upper surface is in glossy dark green. It is tolerant to drought.

It is planted as bonsai. Although its flower is beautiful, the plant is poisonous. The milky sap is put on arrows by tribal people. The sap may cause skin irritation. Only pests like aphids can ingest its sap. It is risky to have the plant around as children and pets may accidentally ingest the leaves. It is impractical to have this plant at home.

Posted: 2016-12-23; updated: 2017-01-29 by Ong Seng Aun.
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