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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 Nymania capensis is native to the dry southern and western parts of South Africa and also occurs in southern Namibia.

Nymania capensis in habitat in the Little Karoo.

The plants are particularly attractive in winter and early spring when when producing fruit in the shape of small Chinese lanterns. They form small desert trees and can withstand considerable periods of drought.

Nymania capensis flower.

Nymania capensis fruit resembling Chinese lanterns.

The Chinese lantern is pollinated by bees . When the fruit ripens the puffy capsules containing the seed are blown off the plant and carried by the wind some distance away from the parent plant.

The plants can be grown from seed which can be sown in autumn or early spring.