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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Euphorbia pentops occurs naturally in the desert-like Namaqualand and Richtersveld. The name "pentops" means "five eyes" and this refers to the green spot at the base of each of the five involucre glands.

Euphorbia pentops is an attractive small Euphorbia species with the main stem partly buried in the ground. The plants have long persistent peduncles.

Discovered in 1930 by Hans Herre, Euphorbia pentops was described in 1941 by White, Dyer and Sloane as a unique species.

Euphorbia pentops in cultivation.

Euphorbia pentops in habitat.