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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The distribution of Euphorbia silenifolia extents from the Western Cape to Port Alfred. The plants prefer areas with higher rainfall and avoid desert-like Karoo areas.

Euphorbia silenifolia is a geophyte (subterranean species) which grows during the winter months. The plants are not visible during the summer. During autumn the thin leaves start to grow from the apex of the underground stem.

Euphorbia silenifolia is unisexual producing male and female flowers on different plants.

The flowering time in habitat is in May and June.

Euphorbia silenifolia, a male plant in cultivation.