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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Family: Aizoaceae
Distribution: Coastal Namib Desert, North- western Richtersveld
Images: Desert Plants

Previously known as Fenestraria aurantiaca, this is a real desert plant found in the coastal sand from Luderitz Bay to just south of the Orange River. It is an unusual species and well adapted to the harsh conditions of its environment.

Fenestraria rhopalophylla subspecies aurantiacaFenestraria rhopalophylla subspecies aurantiaca almost invisible under the sand with only the leaf tips exposed.

The leaves have transparant tips allowing sunlight to enter the plant. The elongated plant bodies are half - to completeley buried in the sand for maximum protection from the sun. Only the leaf tips are exposed to the sunlight.

Fenestraria rhopalophylla subspecies aurantiacaFenestraria rhopalophylla subspecies aurantiaca in flower.

The area receives regular morning mist which is the main contributor to the survival of the plants. The flowers are yellow.