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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Pleiospilos bolusii is a small succulent desert plant endemic to the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The plants are found in the areas of Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen, and are often refered to as "Living Stones", because Pleiospilos bolusii, similar to some others in the group , resemble the stones amongst which they grow. Other synonyms include "Liver Plant".

The globose boat shaped leaves of Pleiospilos bolusii make it a very unusual and attractive plant. The yellow flowers are typical of many other members of the family Aizoaceae.

Pleiospilos bolusii should be kept in a sunny warm place and watered sparingly. The plants are easy to propagate from seed, which germinates readily.

Pleiospilos bolusii in habitat after good rain.

Pleiospilos bolusii. Old seed grown plants in cultivation.
Pleiospilos bolusii. The flowers do not open properly on a cloudy day. Normally the flowers open from midday until dusk.