Adenia firingalavensis stylosa under my care originally from Mike and Maureen Massara at Out of Africa. I love the deep red color of the leaves and especially the veins. Take a look at the distinctive, melted-candle caudex -- unlike any other. I'm a sucker for Adenia spp at any rate, but this was a particularly happy addition to the family.
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Wow that has a look all of it's own. Not going to confuse this one with anything else. How old is this plant?? Why have I never seen one before?? It is easy to understand why you are proud of it. Don
Amanzed, I just looked in the plant files to see what was there and the photo by palmbob does not look anything like your plant. No red leaves no dripping candle look. Is there confusion over identification? Regardless, love the look of your plant.
Hi Don (Dlmcgrw), I believe Adenia firingalavensis species type looks noticeably different from var stylosa. I think those are the differences you're seeing. In fact, the second picture in PlantFiles is from Michael Malice. It's from his posted collection that I caught the bug to track down A f var stylosa. I've had this plant about 6 monts. The caudex is so far just 1.5in across.
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Adenia globosa. This is seedling obtained last year (again) from Out of Africa (one of my repeat, go-to enablers, dealers for my growing habit). This plant shows a 3" caudex... I'm also growing a rooted cutting which eventually should form a caudex, too. Just takes a while, and the shape of the caudex is somewhat different from a seedling caudex.
The thorns on Adenia globosa are sorta sharp, but not razor sharp like many cactus spines, rose prickles, or prickles on the edge of Dyckia spp leaves. I love exaggerated armament, especially when the appearance is more fierce than its bite.
Agreed! My 2 Adenia globosa are among my favorite plants. Even more lovely and difficult to find is Adenia ballyi, which is still on my TO-GET list. Less choice but still TO-GET is Adenia pseudoglobosa.
I bought 1 Adenia globosa from Gene Joseph & Jane Evans at Living Stones Nursery, a rooted cutting which reportedly will EVENTUALLY develop a conical caudex. (I'm finding its growth slow; perhaps it needs root run, as in a raised planter with pumice.)... as well as the lovely Adenia globosa seedling, pictured, from Mike & Maureen Massara at Out Of Africa Plants.
So far I have just praise for these Adenia globosa. They seem fairly vigorous and not too touchy outdoors in my 10a California climate. A LITTLE pricey: in 2010 I paid $15 for the cutting and $25 for the sizable seedling with 3-inch, football-shaped caudex. They DO seem to recover and respond well after periods of moderate neglect. Frankly this tolerance of some neglect is a trait I require, since I have many plants and have other active professions.
PerennialGirl wrote:They sure do look might fierce!