Adenium multiflorum

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Adenium multiflorum in cultivation at the University of California Botanical Garden.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Adenium
Species: A. multiflorum
Binomial name
Adenium multiflorum

Adenium multiflorum is small, succulent tree native to central and eastern Southern Africa. Like other members of the succulent Apocynaceae family, A. multiflorum has a milky latex with toxic alkaloids, specifically Cardiac glycosides . This latex is used as an arrow poison and as a fish stunning poison.[1]

It is sometimes treated as a variety or subspecies of Adenium obesum.[2]


  1. ^ Neuwinger, Dieter (July 1996). African Ethnobotany: Poisons and Drugs: Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology. Chapman & Hall. p. 941. ISBN 978-3-8261-0077-2. 
  2. ^ Stoffel Petrus Bester (June 2004). "Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch". South African National Biodiversity Institute's plant information website. 

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