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Dorstenia gigas and Adenium socotranum in habitat (Socotra)

Giant dorsteniya (Dorstenia gigas) does not seem to need the soil at all, being attached to the bare walls.

Flora on Socotra

Dendrosicyos socotranus a. the Cucumber tree. Native to Socotra island, Yemen.

This giant member of the Apocynaceae family was described by Friedrich Vierhapper in 1904. It is found on Socotra, growing in grit or an other well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow up to 2,5 meters, the whole plant up to 3,5 meter in height. The flowers are pale pink.

This giant member of the Apocynaceae family was described by Friedrich Vierhapper in It

"Elephant Trunk" plant (Pachypodium namaquanum) - photo from Richtersveld National Park, info from In Defense of Plants blog; They are native to South Africa and Namibia. This "tree" is a succulent that gets most of its moisture from fog rolling in off the coast and water is conserved in the swollen thorny trunk. Leaves grow in Autumn at the top of the stalk, then fall off in Summer.

Straight out of Seussville

Elephant's Foot Plant (Pachypodium lameri), Madagascar.

Elephant's Foot Plant (Pachypodium lameri), Madagascar.

Bottle trees in bloom (Adenium obesum), endemic tree of Socotra, Homil Protected Area, island of Socotra, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yemen, Middle East

Bottle trees in bloom (Adenium obesum), endemic tree of Socotra, Homil Protected…

Found these images in a blog. Gotta be somewhere in the Southwestern US ? . Is this likely a rostrata? How old do you think? img src http i61.tinypic.com 33w3vux.jpg border 0 img src http i62.tinypic.com 6p6vr8.jpg border 0

Found these images in a blog. Gotta be somewhere in the Southwestern US ? . Is this likely a rostrata? How old do you think? img src http i61.tinypic.com 33w3vux.jpg border 0 img src http i62.tinypic.com 6p6vr8.jpg border 0

Adenium obesum - aka the fat, happy plant.

Photos of Homhil in Socotra that is home to lot of frankincense trees belonging to genus Boswellia, in addition to Adenium obesum socotranum, cucumber trees and other rare succulents. Pictures of Adenium obesum.

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Welcome to the Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth: Socotra Island, Yemen

This plant, identified from a single specimen in 1895, is probably the rarest in the world.

World's loneliest plant is a relic of the dinosaur age

World's loneliest plant is a relic of the dinosaur age. This plant, identified from a single specimen in is probably the rarest in the world.

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