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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Strumaria gemmata occurs in the dry areas of the southern and eastern Cape where the bulbs are usually found on stony hill slopes.

It is a small and attractive little bulb belonging to the family Amaryllidaceae.

The pale yellow flowers appear in autumn and the seeds ripen soon after flowering. The seeds germinate unaided. Propagation is by seed which should be sown in a well drained sandy soil.

The bulbs lose their linear shaped leaves during the hot summer months.

Strumaria gemmataStrumaria gemmata growing on a hill-slope near Oudtshoorn.

Strumaria gemmata Flower.