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 Larryleachia picta is from central Botswana to southern Namibia.

The succulent plants grow in arid desert like areas and prefer high light intensity.

The cultivation of Larryleachia picta is not difficult provided the soil has good drainage and allowed to dry out between waterings. Similar to other Asclepiads, good ventilation is essential to prevent rot.

The plants can withstand mild frost quite well. Temperatures of up to -5 deg. Celsius have apparently had no negative impact on them.

Larryleachia picta has been known by various other names. These older names are either from plants previously regarded as separate species or are invalid for other reasons. These include Trichocaulon meloforme, Larryleachia meloformis, Lavrania picta subsp. picta, Leachia meloformis, Leachia picta, Leachiella meloformis, Leachiella picta, Trichocaulon engleri, Trichocaulon pictum, Trichocaulon simile, Hoodia meloformis.

Larryleachia pictaLarryleachia picta in cultivation.

Larryleachia pictaLarryleachia picta flower and buds.