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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Stapelia rufa is distributed in the arid Karoo in South Africa.

The stem are softly pubescent and the reddish rugose flowers are quite small for the genus, measuring some 3 to 5 cm across.

Propagation is from seed or cuttings, and care is mostly similar to other members of the genus, requiring a well drained soil and only occasional watering.

Stapelia rufaStapelia rufa growing on a rockery at Leopoort.

Stapelia rufaFlower.