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 multiramosa is distributed on the desert plains of the Richterveld, from Vioolsdrift to Jakkalswater. Further recordings have also been made around Alexander Bay.

This dwarf succulent plant is irregularly shaped and can reach a height of some 20 cm.

Euphorbia multiramosa differs from the related E namaquensis in having a more compact distribution of branches, the peduncles being less persistent than in E namaquensis and the cyathia (specialized flowers) are always produced singly and not in small cymes like often seen in E namaquensis. There are also other floral differences.

When cultivating Euphorbia multiramosa it must be remembered that the plants grow fully exposed in hot desert conditions. Water with care and then leave the soil to dry out for a considerable time.

Propagation is from seed.

Euphorbia multiramosaEuphorbia multiramosa, a cultivated plant originating from near Umdaus in the Richtersveld.

Euphorbia multiramosaCyathia.