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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Ottosonderia monticola occurs in Namaqualand. Plants from this genus are unique in the development of their inflorescence. In the first year the flowering branch consists of a pair of leaves followed by two bracts and a single flower. In the second year buds in the axils of the two bracts develop into two flowers. This procedure repeats itself resulting in a broad cyme.

The flower colour of Ottosonderia monticola is pink or puple.

Ottosonderia monticolaOttosonderia monticola in the Karoo Botanical Garden near Worcester.