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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Muiria hortensae is found amongst quartzite pebbles and shares its habitat with other desert plants like Gibbaeum album and Gibbaeum petrense.

The genus Muiria consists of only this one species. Occasionally the plants hybridize with Gibbaeum album.

The distribution of Muiria hortensae is limited to a small area in the Little Karoo near the Langeberg mountain range.

As is the case with Lithops, Gibbaeum, and some other members of the Mesembryanthemaceae family, one or more new plant bodies are formed within an existing body every year. The new bodies burst through the old ones while the latter dries up and eventually remains visible only at the base of the plant.

Muiria hortensae Muiria hortensae. A cultivated specimen about to flower.

Muiria hortensaeMuiria hortensae south of Riversdale. During the hot summer months the plants are protected by a white sheath.

Muiria hortensaeMuiria hortensae with seed capsules.