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Driedoring (Rhigozum trichotomum)

Unread postby arks » Tue May 01, 2007 4:12 am

I'm finding some further "historical" plant ID questions as I'm scanning my KGP slides from 1992. Does anyone have any idea what this shrub might be:

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Unread postby arks » Wed May 02, 2007 3:07 pm

Thanks, bucky, does this help?

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It's an from old slide, so not much leway for enlarging :(
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Unread postby bucky » Wed May 02, 2007 5:31 pm

I will hazard a guess at the puzzle bush - Ehretia rigida , based on the growth form and small leaves .

Have a look here and here
The growth form looks very similar to this .
You might get a better comparison because I am finding it very difficult to pick up any details in the pic .

The only thing is the flowers dont look the same , although they are similar looking , maybe its another Ehretia species .

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed May 02, 2007 9:41 pm

Nope, not the puzzle bush, nor any of the other Ehretia family.

Though I can't tell you what it is :? Helps a lot ... doesn't it? :wink:

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Unread postby arks » Wed May 02, 2007 10:08 pm

Thanks, bucky and Imberbe. Yip, KGP = Kalahari Gemsbok Park, pix was taken there in October 1992. Does that help to narrow in on a possible ID?
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Unread postby bucky » Wed May 02, 2007 10:54 pm

Just thought of something , hows thetheRhigozum trichotomum look , i think this is the plant :D
The slight difference in flower colour can be due to age of the slide going slightly pink , or else just different minerals in the soil sometimes.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed May 02, 2007 11:54 pm

Hi Bucky

This one really has me "puzzled"! It might in fact be a puzzle bush ... :lol: The flower on the photo is a little unclear, but it is to my mind the best argument for it indeed being the puzzle bush. It looks quite consistent with the flower of the puzzle bush. Colour and form!

What initially convinced me that it is not the puzzle bush were:

1. The leaves looked too small. However, this may be the result of the time of year (new leaves) or even the geology and climate of the area. The puzzle bush I know quite well grows in the Northern areas of SA, and plants do differ quite considerably. So I would disregard the leaf problem.

2. What however still has me sceptical is the growth form of the branches. The puzzle bush very typically hangs down, like a bush that has withered. This one grows up. This simply does not look like the growth form of the puzzle bush!

As to the other suggestions you made: Their flowers are very yellow/ white and this one is very not???? :doh:

Arks, could I suggest that you contact Jannie, the Kgalagadi Guru on this one. He should be able to help us.
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Unread postby BushCall » Thu May 03, 2007 6:48 am

For my 2c worth it is not the Puzzle Bushor Deurmekaarbos as the flower doesnt look like that. It is a cluster of very small purple flowers and the branch structure is all wrong. We have about 10 examples of Eretheda Rigida in our garden to attract fruit eating birds and they dont look like that. Pity the ol man is not here to ask him

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Unread postby arks » Thu May 03, 2007 1:56 pm

Here is the definite reply from Jannie. Seems bucky was spot on! :wink: And as always, thanks to everyone who jumped in with ideas, all quesses are interesting and informative! 8)

Jannie wrote:Arks,

The picture is indeed that of the "Driedoring-Rhigozum trichotomum

Rhigozum tricotomum is a shrub with white to pink flowers when in bloom. During very dry periods the plant sheds its leaves and appears to be dead. The loss of leaves is, however, an adaptation to prevent water loss by the plant by reducing the surface area through which transpiration can take place. The driedoring is a favourate food of the springbok. The pods, flowers and young shoots are eaten. the driedoring playes an inportant ecological role, as it fills the gap that was left by overgrazing, and stabilises dune slopes. It forms a barrier where seeds collect and germinate.
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Unread postby bucky » Fri May 04, 2007 9:28 am

Nice to know :D .

The biggest hassle I had with the puzzle bush was also the growth shape , but I suspected At first it might be another ehretia .

Luckily now we have confirmation from Jannie , that its a driedoring (Three thorn - direct translation ).
Amazing how flower colour can throw a person off , especially due to changes because of location .


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