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.

Also visit out sister blog Desert Plants Images

Euclea undulata or Gwarrie is an evergreen tree with wavy leaves that occurs widespread in the drier parts of South Africa as well as in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The tiny black fruits are edible and indeed very tasty.

The trees flower in summer and autumn and can be quite abundant in certain areas. Dead branches are relatively heavy and make good firewood if combined with woods that burn more easily e.g. Acacia karroo.

Medicinally mostly the roots have been used to treat heart diseases, headache and toothache.  Research has also been done on the treatment of Leishmania and tuberculosis.

Euclea undulata Gwarrie
Trees on a rocky outcrop in the Little Karoo. The trees here are usually not as high (less then 3 meters). In other areas they can grow up to some 7 meters. Crassula rupestris ssp. rupestris is visible in the bottom left.