On a recent backpacking trip through the Mathew’s Range we ran into a few examples of this most stunning plant. A bit of research suggested that it could possibly be Hydnora africana, a parasitic of Euphorbia. The description that we found online though shows a Euphorbia very different from the ones that we have in the Mathews and we wondered if this Hydnora could possibly be a different species.
…Interesting. Anyone have a clue?
We find Desert Roses downstream on the Ewaso Nyiro River and east of us at lower altitudes .Yesterday though, Kitilla, one of our rangers came to us to say he had found an unidentified plant along our eastern boundary. We were shocked to find that it was a Desert Rose. These incredible flowering bushes, despite a poisonous sap is a popular ornamental plant that makes its way to nurseries all over the world. The sap is also used by some African tribes as a pois0n to tip their arrowheads. This individual is the only Desert Rose that we have seen in our area. How it was dispersed so far from his friends in the lower hotter country is a mystery. Anyone know if birds eat Desert Rose seeds?