The Succulent Karoo in pictures : A desert blooming with color

Updated 4:28 AM ET, Fri January 10, 2020
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Filled with wildlife, the Succulent Karoo is the most biodiverse arid desert on the planet. Pictured, the quiver tree or "kokerboom," which grows here. Shutterstock
It is famous for its springtime blooms of wildflowers, which are a draw for thousands of tourists. Pictured, fynbos in flower, including ice plants. Nature Picture LibraryAlamy Stock Photo
Flowers after heavy rainfall in the Succulent Karoo, Namaqualand, Namibia. Fabian Von Poser/ImageBROKER/Shutterstock
Typical vegetation consists mainly of succulent shrubs. This area is home to a third of the world's succulent species. Succulents -- like cacti and aloe plants -- survive extreme heat by storing moisture. Guenter Fischer/ImageBROKER/Shutterstock
Three sacred ibises among the blooming flowers. RODGER BOSCH/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Namaqualand fynbos in flower, Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa. Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo