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arks
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby arks » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:25 pm

A few flowers that I need help with. The first two are in my garden in Darling and I'm not sure whether they are wildflowers or something else.

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The third was seen along Darling Hills Road. All seen in December 2014.

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby lemonbalm » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:07 pm

Hi Arks,

Number 1 looks to be an Alstromeria = Inca lily. Not indigenous to SA but a common garden plant here.

Number 2 is Bulbine frutescens = snake flower/cat's tail. It is indigenous to SA, and quite 'water wise'.

Number 3 is one of the Cotulas. A genus within the daisy family (Asteraceae). For those of us not specialised in the Asteraceae, very difficult to identify to species!
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby arks » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:07 pm

thanks so much for your help lemonbalm :gflower:

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lemonbalm wrote:Number 3 is one of the Cotulas. A genus within the daisy family (Asteraceae). For those of us not specialised in the Asteraceae, very difficult to identify to species!

With you pointing me in the right direction, I looked in my fynbos book and it would seem most likely to be Cotula bipinnata ? :hmz:
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30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby lemonbalm » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:59 pm

Very possible Arks :)
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby arks » Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:14 am

Here are two more that I need some help with. The first was seen along the Kommetjie coastal boardwalk (which starts at the lighthouse) in mid-November 2014

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and the second was in WCNP in early December 2015

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RSA 2015
1-30 June Darling
30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town
* * *
16-28 November Cape Town
29 November-20 January Darling


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