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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Opuntia microdasys is native to Central and Northern Mexico. Synonyms for the plant include Bunny Ears Cactus,Polka Dot Cactus,Bunny Cactus. The plants have been naturalized in many parts of the world to the point of being declared a weed.

Opuntia microdasys is a very proliferous grower and can form large clumps. The pads are are of medium size. Simlar to most opuntia species the pads break off easily and root where they fall.This way the plants can spread and cover large areas.

Opuntia microdasys has no spines but instead has small yellow spiny glochids which usually remain behind in the skin after touching the cactus and can cause considerable irritation. Caution should be observed when handling this cactus. A form with white glochids exists which is known as var albispina.

Opuntia Microdasys has yellow flowers and is a popular garden plant.

Opuntia microdasysOpuntia microdasys in cultivation.

Opuntia microdasysOpuntia microdasys pads.