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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Euphorbia resinifera grows on the slopes of the Atlas mountains in Morocco.

The stems contain a milky latex which is very irritant to the eyes and other mucous membranes. A high concentration of resiniferatoxin occurs in this sap which is presently being tested for analgesic properties. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resiniferatoxin )

In warm climates Euphorbia resinifera is a robust grower and large clumps are formed after a few years in cultivation.

The propagtion is from seed or cuttings.

Euphorbia resinifera in cultivation.