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Hi Arks, I think you've nailed it, our plant is
Asclepias (Gomphocarpus) fructicosa , common on disturbed ground throughout the cape. And I agree about the Drosantherum speciosum, that looks vey like it.
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Very interesting about your milkweed, Neil. Glad I was able to help, just a lucky guess!

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Although I was in the Cape at the very end of the wildflower season, I saw many interesting flowers on my visits to WCNP, Postberg, and Cape Point, as well as in the wildflower reserve at Waylands Farm in Darling. Unfortunately, with my very limited resources, I have not been able to accurately ID very many so I'm hoping that others can help.

Here are a few that I saw on my visit to Postberg (WCNP) on 28 September 2007.

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2. This looks to me like a wild iris, but there seem to be a lot of them. Or is it Moraea ciliata?
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3. I saw these everywhere — WCNP, Darling, Cape Point — but have no idea what they are.
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4. This I think may be wild cineraria (Senecio elegans)?
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3 I know! :D It's chinkereechee, Ornithogalum thyrsoides. It is grown for the cut flower industry, and it is highly poisonous.

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3 I know! :D It's chinkereechee, Ornithogalum thyrsoides. It is grown for the cut flower industry, and it is highly poisonous.

Thanks, restio! I saw lots and lots and lots of them. I'm glad to read (plantzafrica) that they are cultivated for the cut flower market, so the wild ones aren't threatened — except by loss of habitat.

Any ideas on the others? Anyone?

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This plant, seen at Cape Point on 5 October 2007, are also, I think, an Ornithogalum, but the question is, which? Googling, I find that there are many different ones and I haven't found any that look remotely like this one. The closest I've found in Ornithogalum caudatum ...

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No.1 looks like a Homeria of some kind?
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A couple of quick guesses on 1 and 2,
the first is Homeria bifida, it was all over the west coast in September 2006 when we were there. The second one could be Moraea tripetalis, but there are so many similar Moraeas.
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Thanks, Neil, you're a whiz! I agree about the homeria, and also that all those very similar moraeas are very confusing and probably impossible to ID from just a single photo. Thanks so much for your help, it's giving me more ideas of where to look as I work my way through my flower photos. :? :D

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Heres a good place to look for bulbs and geophytes
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswi ... nformation

and Moraeas in particular
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswi ... php/Moraea

I see that I should have written Moraea tripetala, but it's probably wrong anyway!
Did you know that the name of the African Iris; Moraea comes from the small Swedish town of Mora!
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arks, agree that #3 is Senecio elegans. It's a common garden flower here, as it is waterwise, indigenous and colourful.

Let me know if there are any IDs that we're still stuck on, and I'll forward them on to my dad.

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Thanks, restio. So far, I think the only one we haven't gotten an ID for is my 2nd Ornithogalum. However, I haven't explored the websites that Neil has suggested.

@ Neil: thanks for the website suggestions!

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Hi, Heres some plants that we found on the road between Prince Albert
and the Meeringspoort in the Great Karoo. I'm afraid we have little idea what
they are.
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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2020/237 ... f991_m.jpg
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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2137/237 ... 3598_m.jpg
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3.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/237 ... 8e6b_m.jpg
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Neil, are 1 and 2 the same plant? I think that 3 is an aloe, possibly Aloe peglerae?

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Yes, no.1 and 2 are the same plant, heres another one of the same:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2375/238 ... 214a_m.jpg
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And heres another difficult plant from the same stretch of road
east of Prince Albert, we had some terrific Leopard tortoises there too, whoppers!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2061/238 ... c67e_m.jpg
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/238 ... decf_m.jpg
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Any ideas?
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Ps. It certainly looks like that Aloe you mention, but it seems that one is a Gauteng speciality, and this is much further south


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