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Augrabies Plants.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:21 am

This is something which I want to do along time ago, I will post plant species of the Park.
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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby pops » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:50 pm

Is it ficus cordata (namaqua fig)?

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:46 am

Hi pops that is indeed Ficus cordata :thumbs_up:
And thank you Nina there is enough plants here to get us going :)

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:02 am

It is Ozoroa namaensis, also belongs to the Mango family.
Nama resin tree/ Harpuisboom

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby o-dog » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:26 am

Great thread...I am a complete novice with these plants of this area so also really look forward to learning...keep up the great work :thumbs_up:
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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Nina! » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:32 am

Hi AG,
Just wondered......do all these plants also occur in KTP?
Probably a stupid question, but as I said before, my knowledge of plants is very limited.

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby pops » Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:59 pm

You've got me on this one. The closest I can make it is Ziziphus mucronata. Please don't keep me in suspense for tooooooo long.

I like the thread.

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:56 am

Ok, it is Boscia foetida
Stinkwitgat

@ Pops with Ziziphus on the leaves there is 3 veins extending from the basis, which is also characteristic of the family,if you look at Boscia foetida the leaves is place in rosettes.

@ Nina, not all plants which you will find there grow here, so just a few examples of trees and scrubs that you will find in both Parks.
Scrubs:
Swarthaak-Black thorn, Acacia mellifera
Stinkwitgat-Stinky shepards tree, Boscia foetida
Witgat-white shepards tree,Boscia albitrunca
Trees:
Kameeldoring-Camel thorn,Acacia erioloba
Lemoendoring,Parkinsonia africana

Ok this is just a few,then theirs bulbs and herbacious plants as well

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby pops » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:38 am

Hi AG. Thanx for the enlightenment. What really fooled me was that your photograph of the tree was not the same as that in the van Wyk brothers books. At one stage I was sure that it could be Boscia albitrunca but the leaves once again didn't look quite correct.

Once again thanx for a super thread.

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:06 pm

@ Pops thats why I took close up pics of the leaves,fruits,seeds which will help in identification purposes, growht form also plays a roll, but it is difficult to took pics for plants at least for me and also depending on the type of camera.
Glad you like the thread. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby pops » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:55 pm

Hi AG. I am a complete novice at trying to ID trees hence the interest in this thread. I have had difficulty with this tree and think it might be Boscia albitrunca. I must ask you to be patient :pray: with my ID's but I do appreciate your telling me where I am going wrong. :mrgreen:
I thought you may have put this one in with tongue in cheek seeing that the previous was the Stinky Shepherds Bush. :whistle:

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:40 am

Pops you are spot on! :D yes I did do that :whistle:
Perhaps the white stem which give it away.

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby pops » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:46 am

Hey there AG you wiley old coot. You had me going for quite a while. It was, this time, the leaves and fruit which gave it away. Thanx for the thread

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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:31 pm

@ Nina no problem, just glad you are following :thumbs_up:
@ Pops, glad that the little information that I gave you help you,I will from now on just post pics of the plants with the names, you will still able to learn, and perhaps one day ID some here in Augrabies.
Maybe I should work on a photographic guide of plants in this area :)

Ok,This tree belongs to the Ebenaceae family:
Euclea pseudebenus
Afrikaans name:Swartebbehout
English: Black ebony
Male and female plants are found separately, and this specie is limited to the western part of the country, also inhabitants areas of exstreme dryness, and the fruits are edible but not very palatable.
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Re: Can you ID this plant in Augrabies.

Unread postby pops » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:20 pm

Hi AG. The way you did the last tree fotos helped me a lot as it gave me an insight as to how to use Braam and Piet van Wyks' book " A Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa". I've battled with it for some time purely because I didn't understand their key to the different groups to which I now have a better understanding.


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