Impala Lily

© Roger de la Harpe
Impala Lily.

Name

Impala Lily, Desert Rose or Sabi Star

Latin name

Adenium multiflorum – found in Southern Africa and considered the true impala lily.
Adenium obesum – found in East and North Africa where the species is known as the desert rose.

Impala Lily Description

The flowers of the impala lily are about 5 cm in diameter. This plant blooms in July, but where cultivated they can flower as late as mid-September.

Impala Lily Habitat

The impala lily (Adenium multiflorum) is widespread in South Africa. It can be found in eastern Mpumalanga, Limpopo and northern KwaZulu-Natal. It also occurs in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and stretches to the more tropical areas of Malawi and Zambia.

Field Notes

This plant is rarely eaten by animals as they contain certain harmful toxins. It is harmful to domestic stock. The impala lily’s toxins, together with the toxins of various other plants, have been used by the San people as poison on their arrowheads. This plant and its showy flowers have been likened to a miniature baobab.