This specimen of Cheiridopsis denticulata is not altogether satisfied with its new home in Gauteng. It has probably not forgotten the favourable living conditions it enjoyed previously in Namaqualand, its version of the fleshpots of Egypt. Being banished in an alien land feels like being an orphan, longing for parents who may still thrive "back home" in the true and proper habitat. Plants simply have limits as to the environments within which they can survive, but better, to thrive.
When one sees a beautiful plant or flower, the urge to bring it home into one's private garden should be well considered, even rightly resisted. When the adaptation required of the plant is too difficult, sentencing it to a miserable existence in adverse conditions is not worth it! We do not approve of torture through forced removal, do we?
But gardeners have their ways of changing a feature or two in a plant's new abode to make alien immigrants feel at home and hopefully to flourish! And therein lies a challenge of skill and care for avoiding botanical xenophobia!
Gardeners are tourists, even globetrotters at heart. Apart from real travels, they also travel vicariously. Bringing the beauty from faraway places home, presents an inverted sensation of enjoying those places again. The cherished plants brought home remind continually, allow reliving of past happy moments.
Now think of the soul-searching when these treasures succumb to untoward conditions? Does it cause pain or guilt if the plants promptly die? Maybe the gardener's psyche also harbours murderous intent? Unravel some inner secrets before buying alien plants or accepting them as gifts. Think of alien invasion. And don't think of illegally removing plants from the land of others!