Friday, May 13, 2011

Kalachuchi - White Bangkok Calachuchi

Yesterday, i found a White colored Bangkok Calachuchi/Kalachuchi in one flower garden here in the Philippines. As i searched the scientific name, it is so called the Adenium obesum, a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Accordingly, the common names include Sabi Star, Kudu, and Desert-rose.

According to wikipedia source, this plant has evergreen or drought-deciduous succulent shrub which can also lose its leaves during cold spells, or according to the subspecies or cultivar. It can grow to 1–3 m (3.3–9.8 ft) height, with pachycaul stems and a stout, swollen basal caudex. The leaves are spirally arranged, clustered toward the tips of the shoots, simple entire, leathery in texture, 5–15 cm (2.0–5.9 in) long and 1–8 cm (0.39–3.1 in) broad. The flowers are tubular, 2–5 cm (0.79–2.0 in) long, with the outer portion 4–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in) diameter with five petals, resembling those of other related genera such as Plumeria and Nerium. The flowers tend to red and pink, often with a whitish blush outward of the throat.

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