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Van Jaarsveld, E. 2009. Kleinduimpie grass: Dregeochloa pumila, the only succulent grass in the world: Namib desert flora. Veld and Flora, 95(1): 19-21


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Kleinduimpie grass: Dregeochloa pumila, the only succulent grass in the world: Namib desert flora.

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Kleinduimpie grass (Kleinduimpie is the Afrikaans equivalent of Tom Thumb) Dregeochloa pumila is a unique, tiny, leaf-succulent grass that is endemic to the strip of coastal desert in southern Namibia and the adjacent north-western part of South Africa. I was privileged to see it near Alexander Bay and, recently, near the town of Luderitz. The coastal Namib Desert is a cool desert and although the annual rainfall is only 15 mm, it is well vegetated and especially rich in leaf-succulent flora. The reason for this is the regular, dense fog that is created when hot air is cooled by the cold, north-flowing Benguela Ocean Current. This peculiar climatic condition, the result of having a cold ocean in a warm position (in terms of latitude and altitude) also occurs in the Galapagos Islands.

Year: 2009

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://journals.co.za/content/veld/95/1/EJC113328


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