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 Aloe longistyla Calitzdorp available here:
Aloe longistyla is one of a number of a small desert Aloes (e.g.Aloe variegata ) and has striking large flower compared to the size of the plant. This species is native to the semi-desert areas of the Southern Karoo and South-eastern Cape.

Unlike other Aloes, Aloe longistyla is usually found growing scattered about and not in groups. This could perhaps be because of the relatively large papery "wings" on the seed, increasing travel distance when the wind blows

Aloe longistyla is difficult to cultivate when taken out of the wild.

Propagation is from seed. Suckers from cultivated plants can also be used.

Aloe longistylaAloe longistyla flowering in habitat.