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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:38 pm

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.
Thanks for your help.
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Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:07 pm

Very interesting about your milkweed, Neil. Glad I was able to help, just a lucky guess!
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Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:12 am

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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Unread postby restio » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:31 pm

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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Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:40 pm

restio wrote: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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Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:13 pm

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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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:26 am

No.1 looks like a Homeria of some kind?
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:36 am

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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Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:50 am

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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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:54 pm

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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Unread postby restio » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:56 pm

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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Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:01 pm

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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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:08 pm

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.
-Neil

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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2020/237 ... f991_m.jpg
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2.
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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Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:33 am

Neil, are 1 and 2 the same plant? I think that 3 is an aloe, possibly Aloe peglerae?
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:49 pm

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?
/Neil
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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