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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This beautiful Dioscorea plant is found in the Clanwilliam district, as well as on the desert mountain slopes of the Graaff-Reinet, Klipplaat, Willowmore and Uniondale districts. It is possible that Dioscorea elephantipes also grows in the Tanqua Karoo and elsewhere.

Dioscorea elephantipesDioscorea elephantipes in cultivation.

Dioscorea elephantipes is somewhat similar to Dioscorea hemicrypta from the Western - and Eastern Cape, but often has a neater appearance. The bark of elephantipes is also usually more deeply fissured, the plant body somewhat ovoid shaped and the leaves more fleshy.

Dioscorea elephantipes, similar to hemicrypta lose their leaves during the hot summer months.

Common names include Yam, Wild Yam, Elephant's Foot, Turtle Back, Hottentot's Bread