Top 9 Mysterious Desert Plants


9 Wollemi Pine

Wollemi pine also regarded as one of the world’s rarest plant types as living fossil. Even in the desert region of Australia can find this unusual herb. Wollemi Pine has a strange presence in nature and its base has a bubbling form. Also, it is one of the world’s oldest plant organisms belonging to the 200 million year family. Wollemi pine have the ability to thrive even at -12-degree Celsius levels.

8 Silver Torch Cactus

The silver torch or wooly torch, Cleistocactus strausii, is a perennial cactus in the genus Cactaceae. It is native to mountainous areas between 1,500 m and 3,000 m in Department Tarija, Bolivia. Its slim, upright, grey-green columns can exceed a height of 3 m, but only roughly 6 cm. It has been seen as greenish columns up to 3 meters long. Interestingly they used to expand at -10-degree Celsius temperatures. They have 2 inch spines inside the body too. Sometimes used to grow in late summer, silver torch cactus have a cylindrical form with dark red flowers.

7 Desert Ironwood

Olneya tesota is a perennial flowering tree of the family Fabaceae, legumes, usually referred to in Spanish as ironwood, desert ironwood, or palo fierro. It is the only member of the monotypical Olneya family. Desert ironwood has a long life cycle of 1500 years , meaning that it is worthy of living in a very hard desert climate. It is a slow growing plant in the desert, grows to 25 foot long, has blue and grey leaves. Desert ironwood also has the ability to change the natural climate. Adult desert ironwood shades put down temperature to a fahrenheit of up to 15 degrees. In strong dry season it lowers the leaves even blooms in early April.

6 Baseball Plant

Euphorbia obesa is a succulent subtropical plant of the genus Euphorbia. It originates in South Africa , especially in the Cape Province. Often named a Baseball farm. Because of over-collection it appears just like a baseball, and extinct in existence. It is normally greenish and has a diameter of 15 cm. It has long the capacity to hold energy. Within this desert plant you will see the flowering buds. The flowers of this baseball plant are called cyathia.

5 Jumping Cholla

Cylindropuntia fulgida, the hopping cholla, also known as the hanging chain cholla, is a cholla cactus native to the United States of Sonora and the Southwest. The soft fluffy branches themselves gave this desert plant such a name. Jumping cholla literally coated with silver spines and induces discomfort if you reach this herb. Often used to put these spines on outer ties, these spines are up to 1 inch in height. This desert plant species used takes over a defined region and develops densely, like a small tree. The thick spines of springing cholla help the plant recover from desert fire.

4 Saguaro Cactus

The saguaro, in the monotypical genus Carnegiea, is a tree-like cactus plant that can grow to over 40 ft tall. It is native to Arizona’s Sonoran Plateau, the Mexican state of Sonora, and California’s Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas. Arizona’s state-wildflower is the saguaro blossom. Saguaro cactus have strong spines within their shells, allowing them to retain energy. Saguaro cactus has a long life cycle ranging between 200 and 250 years. The deserts are accustomed to rising in the rough. It grows to 20 meters in height, and the irregular root system has the same volume. This plant’s spines help them steer the wind to hold the body down the whole time.

3 Hydnora Africana

Hydnora africana is an achlorophyllous herb of the Hydnoraceae family, native to southern Africa and parasitic at the roots of the Euphorbiaceae genus. Also known as jakkalskos, or jackal rice. In nature this dish is fully leafless and has a dark brown flesh base. This plant often becomes more apparent after the time of flowering. The hydnora africana flowers have a rounded form inside, brown outside and orange hue. It also produces a pungent smell which attracts bees for pollination.

2 Barrel Cactus

Barrel cacti are separate representatives of the two genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus, distributed in the Southwestern North American deserts. Any of the biggest species can be found in southern California’s Mojave Desert. It rises up to 10 meters in height, has shallow roots network. Interestingly, it will survive for up to 6 years and regardless of the accumulated water it is brought out of the earth. It has yellowish or orange flowers on top of the barrel too. Barrel cactus often have a 150 year long life cycle in extreme climates.

1 Welwitschia Mirabilis

The Welwitschia Mirabilis is a plant that is native to Namibian and Southern Angolan deserts. Any of the plants, named after Friedrich Welwitsch, who “discovered” the plant in 1859, are believed to be between 1000 and 1500 years old. In most hard climes this desert plant can thrive. Welwitschia mirabilis originally formed in the Jurassic era was calculated by scientists. This plant ‘s unusual root structure has capacity to touch every place underwater. This desert plant’s male and female cones are developed inside different plants and therefore have slow growth rates.