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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Commiphora gracilifrondosa is from the Burseraceae family and occurs in the extremely hot and arid desert around the Orange River in Namibia and the Northern Cape Province where it has been found from Goodhouse in the west to Kenhardt in the east. The plants were described in 1928 by Moritz Kurt Dinter.

Commiphora gracilifrondosa has a thick succulent stem with branches and can reach a height of up to 3 meters.

The flowers are greenish-yellow. Propagation is from seed or cuttings.

Locally the plants are known as Karee-leaved Commiphora, Karree Corkwood or Stink Corkwood.

Commiphora gracilifrondosa in the Karoo Botanical Garden at Worcester. The original plant is from Pella in the Northen Cape Province.

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