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: Apocynaceae
Distribution: Little Karoo, southern Great Karoo
Photographs: Desert Plants

A small and attractive stapeliad. The stems are covered with small soft bristles. In its natural habitat in the Little Karoo the plants grow protected under bushes. The subspecies extents northwards to the Laingsburg district.

Huernia pillansii subspecies pillansiiHuernia pillansii subspecies pillansii in habitat near Calitzdorp. A charming little desert plant showing off its reddish-brown flowers. Photographer: Gerhard Marx