The desert plant Welwitschia mirabilis is indeed an extraordinary plant, mastering life in the hot, dry desert where other plants can’t survive. It only grows in the Namib desert within Namibia and Southern Angola. It’s also the national plant of Namibia. Even the Namibian national rugby union team is named after it.
Just so, can you find succulents in the desert?
Desert succulents, including cacti, are the modern gardener’s best friends. … From terrariums to your garden, it seems that you can grow succulents almost anywhere. As long as you provide these drought-tolerant plants with good drainage, sandy soil, and sunshine, they will thrive for years.
Also to know is, what type of desert is the Namib Desert?
Covering an area of 31,274 sq. mi (81,000 sq. km), the Namib is a coastal desert, situated along the south-western coast of the African continent.
What does the Namib Desert look like?
Namib desert, Namibia. In much of the southern half of the desert the platform is surmounted by a vast expanse of sand—yellow-gray near the coast and brick red inland—which is derived from the Orange River and from other rivers that flow westward from the escarpment but never reach the sea.
All cacti are succulents, as are such non-cactus desert dwellers as agave, aloe, elephant trees, and many euphorbias. Several other adaptations are essential for the water storing habit to be effective. A succulent must be able to absorb large quantities of water in short periods.
Most succulents come from desert or semi-desert areas in warmer parts of the world. Mexico and South Africa are two very important sources. Some succulents come from colder climates where they grow on sunny, rocky slopes and ledges.
They have a wide and rich range of habitats and are often found in environments that would otherwise be uninhabited. Most come from dry areas, deserts and semi-deserts ranging from Africa to North and South America; still others are found in mountainous regions and rain forests.
Succulent plants such as cacti, aloes, and agaves, beat the dry heat by storing plenty of water in their roots, stems, or leaves. How? For starters, when it does rain, succulents absorb a lot of water quickly. In the desert, water evaporates rapidly, never sinking deep into the soil.
Xerophytes, such as cacti, usually have special means of storing and conserving water. They often have few or no leaves, which reduces transpiration. Phreatophytes are plants that have adapted to arid environments by growing extremely long roots, allowing them to acquire moisture at or near the water table.
Types of plants that live in the desert:
- Prickly Pear Cacti.
- Saguaro Cactus.
- Mexican Poppies.
- Weathered Trees.
- Orange Trees.