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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby yoda » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:53 pm

Samantha,

Ok, I will have a go. I had a quick look through my copy of South African Wildflowers Guide 3, Cape Peninsula. Try get hold of a copy as it may help you.

Hope I haven't gotten the numbers confused but:

1= Leucospermum hypophyllum
2= Erica mammosa
3= ?
4= Therianthus bracteolus
5= Leucospermum conocaprodendron
6= Ditto
7= ?
8= ?
9= ?
10= ?
11= Sutherlandia frutescens
12= Lobelia ?
13= Nemesia ?
14= ?
15= ?
16= ?
17= Pelargonium ?
18= Arctotis ?
19= ?
20= Carpobrotus edulis
21= ?
22= ?
23= Pelargonium ?
24= ?
25= Helichrysum ?
26= ?
27= ?
28= Helichrysum ?
29= ?
30= ?
31= ?

Hope I haven't gotten the numbers a bit confused.

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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby naturelover » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:50 pm

Hi Larks

About your Lampranthus, it is quite possible that what you have there is just a different colour form.
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Re: Plants that need to be identified from the Karoo N.P

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:42 am

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Re: Plants that need to be identified from the Karoo N.P

Unread postby yoda » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:32 pm

Photos 3 & 4 are Euphorbia sellata.

Not sure about the rest.

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Re: Plants that need to be identified from the Karoo N.P

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:35 am

Hi Samantha,

Nice pics :thumbs_up:

I would ID them as follow:

#1 & 2 - Cadaba aphylla (Desert Broom),

#3 & 4 - Euphorbia stellispina ((Afr) Noorsdoring / Sterretjie-noors);

#5 - this 1 is very difficult as one can not make out distinct features or see the leaves etc, but my best guess will be something like Galenia africana :?

#6 - Polygala asbestina ((Afr) Skaap-ertjie)

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Re: Plants that need to be identified from the Karoo N.P

Unread postby yoda » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:25 am

Jakkalsbessie,

Yup, Euphorbia stellispina!

Euphorbia stellata has an underground tuber and numerous flat "arms". Got the 2 names mixed up, but the plants themselves look very different.

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Re: Plants that need to be identified from the Karoo N.P

Unread postby Mant » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:51 am

Hi JB,

Thanks very much, I wouldn't have been able to identify some of those plants by myself.

Thanks again,

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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby arks » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:29 pm

Here are a couple of plants that I saw at Cape Point in March 2010. I've looked and looked through my Field Guide to Fynbos, but haven't found anything conclusive, so I hope that someone can help me with the ID.

1. This first one might be a penaea, perhaps penaea mucronata?

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2. And this second one I'd think is a protea or more likely a leucadendron, but none of the photos in my field guide come even close :wall:

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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:25 am

arks wrote:Here are a couple of plants that I saw at Cape Point in March 2010. I've looked and looked through my Field Guide to Fynbos, but haven't found anything conclusive, so I hope that someone can help me with the ID.

1. This first one might be a penaea, perhaps penaea mucronata?

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2. And this second one I'd think is a protea or more likely a leucadendron, but none of the photos in my field guide come even close :wall:

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Any help will be greatly appreciated!

:hmz: LOL arks you know i struggle with some of the Cape plants but will give it a try...

#1. This 1 is very difficult to say because it seems as if the plant is suffering some condition, hence the abnormal colour. My guess would be Staavia radiata (but it could also be one of the Rutaceae or Ericaceae).

#2. I agree with Leucadendron sp. but think it will be impossibe from this pic to brake it down further, sorry :?

Sorry i can't be of more help on these :wall:
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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby arks » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:27 pm

Thanks for trying to help with these, JB. 8) I did a bit of googling and that first one might be what you suggest, but from what I remember of the plant, it looked like that orange was its normal colour ... I suppose that I could try to find it again in September? :roll: :wink: A lot of these Cape plants are just going to have to remain mysteries, and I'll enjoy them just as much even if I don't know their names! :dance:

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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby wanderw » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:02 pm

I saw this plant in the Silvermine section of TMNP near the end of July. It was next to the path just above the dam, about 30cm in height.

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Would this be a Watsonia Angustifolia?
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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:13 pm

Nice photo, Wanda! My field guide (Field Guide to Fynbos by John Manning) doesn't list that specific watsonia, nor any that bloom in July. However, there are two for August and both look like possible matches for yours, tho it's always hard to tell from photos :wall: (neither photo in my books shows the interesting two-toned colour). So maybe either watsonia coccinea or watsonia spectabilis. :hmz:
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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby wanderw » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:27 pm

Thanx arks! :thumbs_up: I did google both your suggestions, but as you say, the pix do not show the striking two-tone colour of the flowers. :hmz: Perhaps some Watsonia fundi will shed more light on this plant? :pray:
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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby elenih » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:20 pm

We have a fair amount of these coming up near Melkbosstrand at the moment -

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Anyone know what it is called?

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Re: Cape plants and flowers

Unread postby hfglen » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:50 pm

Isn't that Arctopus? According to POSA there are 3 species, and I don't have the paper that describes the differences -- any Kapenare out there who can lend a hand?
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