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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Fresh seed of Astrophytum caput-medusae available here:

Astrophytum caput-medusae is a most peculiar Astrophytum species. The plants were discovered in Nuevo León in Mexico and lack the normal semi-globular, or cactus like appearance of the other species in the genus.

The long tentacle- like tubercles makes this a most unusual cactus.

Astrophytum caput-medusae in cultivation.

Astrophytum caput-medusae flower.