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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Tylecodon cacalioides is a very attractive species when in flower. The striking yellow blooms appear in mid-summer when the plants are not in leaf. When not flowering the plants are indistinguishable from the closely related T wallichii.

The growing period is during the winter months when the plants produce terete, pointed leaves at the top of the stems.

The distribution area of Tylecodon cacalioides is confined to Oudtshoorn area the Little Karoo. Both to the north and the west of their habitat the similar looking Tylecodon wallichii is found. Their habitat often overlaps with that of Tylecodon paniculatus and occasionally hybrids are formed.

The plants are easy to cultivate and can be grown from seed or cuttings. The wounds of the cuttings should be dry before planting to prevent rot. Growth is slow.

Tylecodon cacalioidesTylecodon cacalioides blooming in January south of Oudtshoorn.

Tylecodon cacalioides flowersFlowers.