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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Hoodia flava was previously known as Trichocaulon flavum. The Trichocaulons were the succulent desert plants eaten by the Bushmen to suppress appetite and thirst while on hunting expeditions. Although the bitter tasting Hoodia gordonii is often hailed as the plant the Bushmen ate for this purpose the sweet tasting Hoodia flava ( Afrikaans "Soetghaap" translated as "Sweet Ghaap") along with other Trichocaulons was much prefered .

Hoodia flava is widely distributed in the semi-desert regions of the Great Karoo and Namibia. It is one of the widest spread Hoodia species although by no means common. There seem to be some larger populations between Britstown and Beaufort West.

The plants grow well in cultivation, but Hoodia flava rot more easily then some other Hoodia.

Hoodia flava plants are rather variable in size. Some adult plants may reach a size of of 50 cm, but most remain small, less then 10 cm.

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