Adenia globosa Engl.
Adenia globosa is a deciduous shrub, often adopting a climbing habit, with stems up to 26.2 feet (8 m) long, growing from a globular, green and warty caudex up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) in diameter. The stems can be erect or scramble over the ground, climbing into the surrounding vegetation and attaching itself by means of tendrils. They are armed with thorns up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long. The flowers are unisexual, greenish-white and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Most of your growth will be during the warm season and the plant will have the most leaves. The plant will also grow best with the leaves exposed to bright light, but the caudex shaded.
During the cool months protect the plant from frost to keep it alive. The plant normally rests during this period and water should be kept to a minimum. However, you can keep the plant active, if you can keep it above 50 °F (10 °C).
Their sap is poisonous, and they should be handled with caution, particularly when pruning.
Most cuttings do not produce a caudex so it is best to propagate by seeds. Adenias are either male or female so one of each is required to produce seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adenia.
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