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 Hoodia pilifera spp. annulata available here:
Hoodia pilifera spp. annulata was previously known as Trichocaulon annulatum This is the largest growing Hoodia in South Africa. The size depends somewhat on the locality where they come from. Some plants reaching a mass of 200 kg have been recorded.

Hoodia pilifera spp. annulata occurs in semi-desert areas of the Willowmore and Jansenville districts of the Eastern Cape and make a beautiful display when in flower. This is one of the species that the Bushmen regard as "ghaap".

The cultivation is similar to most others in the genus, with good light and drainage, as well as a dry  period between waterings.

An adult plant in habitat.

Plants in cultivation.