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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Hoodia currorii is distributed in the Namib Desert from about Walvis Bay (Namibia) in the south to Dombe Grande (Angola) in the north. The is is a large stretch of around 1000 km. In Angola the plants are mainly restricted to the coastal Namib Desert, but in Namibia the plants spread from the Namib also further eastwards.

Hoodia currorii is often easily recognized by its untidy sprawling stems. The plants are quite variable though and at certain localities where the stems are more tidy and upright, the plants can easily be confused with Hoodia gordonii and Hoodia macrantha.

The flesh coloured flowers are variable is size up to about 170 mm in diameter and can be almost circular to 5-lobed. The flowers are also highly variable.

In cultivation Hoodia currorii prefers a sandy soil, high heat in summer and watering should be alternated with periods of drought.

Hoodia curroriiHoodia currorii, a cultivated plant originating from the Swakopmund area in Namibia.The plants from this area are smaller and were once considered as Hoodia currorii var. minor