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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Pelargonium curviandrum is endemic to the Little Karoo in the Southern Cape. This small geophyte is occasionally found growing in the open, but mostly prefers cooler aspects like the protection of other shrub, and avoiding the hot northern slopes of hillsides.

The leaf shape is reminiscent of the common garden Pelargonium (Geranium) with palmate venation and crenate margins. There is extreme variation in the indentation of the leaf margins however, even at the same locality, making the species almost unrecognizable from one plant to the next.

The plants are dormant in summer and only become visible when the leaves appear during the cooler season.

At Leopoort, south of Oudtshoorn, the attractive yellow flowers with variable patterns of maroon, have been observed at the end of the dormant season around March. Mr. Charles Craib (Geophytic Pelargoniums (2001) - Umdaus Press) mentions plants flowering consistently around October and November. This could perhaps point to variation at different localities.

The tuber of Pelargonium curviandrum is elongated or roundish forming secondary tubers underground with age.

Pelargonium curviandrum can be propagated from seed or dividing the tubers.

Please note that some of the following  images are indeed NOT of Pelargonium curviandrum. I shall rectify as soon as possible.

Pelargonium curviandrum with the leaf shape somewhat similar to the garden varieties.

Pelargonium curviandrum showing greater leaf indentation.

Pelargonium curviandrum with extreme leaf indentation- almost not to be recognized as the same species.

Pelargonium curviandrum flowers.