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An introduction to the genus and its cultivation


A. stylosa, Ankarana, Madagascar

A chance encounter in Kenya sparked Nick Gash's passion for this remarkably diverse genus.

"There are roughly 100 named species of Adenia with several sp. nova regularly offered. The distribution of the Adenia species that are found in collections ranges from eastern Africa, southern central Africa, southern Africa and Madagascar to south-east Asia."

"For a genus of c.100 species Adenia possesses a large range of caudex types and growth habits ...Leaves vary greatly between species, and indeed occasionally within a species so leaf shape is not a reliable diagnostic feature."

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