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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Piaranthus decipiens is very widely distributed around the arid northern and eastern edges of the Kalahari Desert and this includes parts of Namibia and Botswana where it is occasionally found under trees and shrub.

South African records include the Northern Cape areas of Prieska, Vryburg, Mafikeng and Schweizer-Reinecke

The succulent decumbent stems can grow up to 15 cm long but are usually shorter. The flowers appear in small numbers near the tips of younger stems and are usually brownish becoming paler in the tube. There is quite a bit of variation in the colouring and patterns of the flowers though.

Propagation is from seed or cuttings.

Piaranthus decipiensPiaranthus decipiens flowering in cultivation.