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 pillansii has a wide distribution in the arid areas of the Western Cape Province from the district of Ladismith westwards towards the Ceres district.

This unisexual Euphorbia with gray-green stems grows to a height of about 30 cm. The peduncles are forked and persistent performing the function of spines after the seed has been dispersed.

The plants flower in spring making small yellowish cyathia.

The cultivation of Euphorbia pillansii is relatively easy. A well drained loamy soil with occasional watering is best. Although the plants grow in the winter rainfall area, rain in habitat is scarce and occasional summer thunderstorms also occur.

Euphorbia pillansiiEuphorbia pillansii, a fruiting plant near Plathuis.