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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Lithops optica cv. rubra should perhaps be more correctly named Lithops optica fa. rubra as it is a natural occuring rare variant from "normal" populations of Lithops optica. Lithops optica fa. rubra is occasionally found in colonies to the west, south-west and south of Luderitz in the Namib Desert.

Lithops optica cv. rubra is an exceptionally attractive form and much in demand by collectors.

Lithops optica fa. rubra in cultivation about to flower.