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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Euphorbia fortuita (fortuita means "discovered by chance") is known from a small area between Ladismith and Barrydale in the arid Little Karoo.

The plants resemble Euphorbia colliculina from the Oudsthoorn area, but the cyathia are very pubescent and the involucre glands purple instead of greenish-yellow. The peduncles are not persistent, while those of E colliculina are occasionally persistent.

Euphorbia fortuita is grown from seed. The plants prefer full sun and good drainage with a minimum winter temperature of about - 3 degrees Celsius.

Euphorbia fortuita, an old plant in habitat.

A smaller plant amongst sunbaked quartzite.

Euphorbia fortuita cyathia.



  1. Pavel Golubovskiy January 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

    Thanks for the information and great photos of Euphorbia fortuita! It was you who made them? I wish I visited Little Karoo too.

    There is almost no information about Euphorbia fortuita online so your page is of great use!

    P.s. And great blog, by the way!

    Best regards,
    / Kyiv, Ukraine /

  2. Karoo Hoodia March 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM  


    Thank for comment - sorry I got there late. The pics were taken ny Gerhard Marx although the first one was by me - I think