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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Tanquana hilmarii is a small succulent from the desert like area south of Laingsburg in the Great Karoo. The greyish-green plantbodies have translucent dots and are only a few centimeters in diameter.

In habitat the plants are almost invisible in between the brown pebbles amongst which they grow.

Tanquana hilmarii was previously know as Pleiospilos hilmarii. Plants from the genus Tanquana differ from Pleiospilos in that the leaves are smooth instead of rough. The fruit capsules are also different.

The yellow flowers appear in April.

Tanquana hilmarii is rather difficult to cultivate.

Tanquana hilmariiTanquana hilmarii in cultivation.

Tanquana hilmariiTanquana hilmarii, the bodies are usually solitary but occasionally clump.