This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Fresh seed of Hoodia gordonii available here:
Hoodia gordonii is a member of a large subfamily Apocynaceae of Stapelia like plants. The plants are eaten by the Bushmen during long hunting expeditions to suppress hunger and thirst, although other Hoodia species that lack the bitter taste are preferred.

Synonyms of Hoodia gordonii include Bitter Ghaap and Jakkals Ghaap. The plants are widely distributed in the dry desert-like Great Karoo, Northern Cape, Namibia and Botswana.

Hoodia gordonii can be grown from seed and cuttings. The seed germinates readily, but as is the case with so many other members of the genus, seedlings and indeed adult plants can die easily from rot.

Hoodia gordonii. A plant in natural surrounding in the Tanqua Karoo. In nature the plants grow very slowly due to the arid conditions.

Hoodia gordonii in habitat.

Hoodia gordonii can flower profusely in cultivation.

Hoodia gordonii , a crested specimen.

The seedpods are typical of the family, protuding as horns from the stems. Occasionally the plants can form crests, an abnormal development of the stem also noted in numerous other plant species.