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Swazi lily or Summer Impala Lily (Adenium swazicum)

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:31 am

Would be great if somebody can help to identify these plants for us. We found them in the area around Berg en Dal between all the green bushes and grass these flowers always are looking a bit lost but very beautiful. It always seemed to us that somebody planted them.

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Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:51 am

Hi

It looks like the Pink candelabra flower.

brunsvigia radulosa

Afrikaans: Pienkkandelaarblom

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Unread postby Penny » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:51 am

Looks like Cartharanthus roseus to me otherwise known as Periwinkle or Vinca. I have seen lots of them around Malelane area and Biyamiti and the S25 along with the Zinia Peruviana!
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:07 pm

To me this look like the Swazi lily or Summer Impala lily (Adenium swazicum) a cousin of the ever-popular and much more common Impala lily. The flowers are a similar shape to those of the Impala lily, but are completely pink rather than pink and white.

Unfortunately not at home now so time is limited and i can not double check the latin name etc (have to rely on memory for now :roll: ) or give much more info... will try and do so at a later stage.
I also think i have close-ups of the flower somewhere, will search for it and post it.
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Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:33 pm

On second thought it is not the Pinkkandelaarblom.

This is.




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Brunsvigia Radulosa
Candelabra Flower (Eng)
Pinkkandelaarblom (Afr.)
Lemathla (South Sotho)

I have taken this photo in Dec 2006 at Marakele.

Lets wait and see what the experts say.

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Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:42 pm

Thanks so far Pieter, Penny & Jakkalsbessie,

maybe the pictures is not that clear I found another one of the plant I mean here one the ground behind the impala bull.

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Thanks once more for your help here so far. :clap:

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:34 am

Agree with JB. They are quite common in that area.
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Unread postby restio » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:18 pm

Also agree with JB - of course. :D
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Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:04 pm

Thanks JB, Imberbe & Restio for your help in ID. :dance:

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:08 pm

Sorry i promised to post close-up photos of the flowers and then totally forgot :redface:

Here they are

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Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:10 pm

Thanks JB,

it is indeed this plant I wanted to know.

Thanks so much for your help in identifying :clap:

Beautiful and colourful plant.

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Re: Pumbaa's unidentified plant

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:04 pm

Pumbaa wrote:We found them in the area around Berg en Dal between all the green bushes and grass these flowers always are looking a bit lost but very beautiful.
Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and the KNP describes the habitat of the Swazi Lily as "on flat, sandy plains and brackish flats in the bushveld at low altitudes." Not exactly what I would expect to find around Berg en Dal, so no wonder they are always looking a bit lost! :)

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Impala lilly

Unread postby ursnic » Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:15 am

I have a bonsai Impala lilly, that I bought in Letaba in August. I planted it in the Letaba rest camp sand, with a layer of gravel. Part of the bulb with some hair-roots are above ground level. A lime stone rock that comes out of the sea is used as decoration. It tastes salty, so I do presume that the soil may extract salt from this rock??
I give it 3hrs morning sun, and 3 hrs in the late agternoon. The remainder of the day it is in very good light. I water it with rainwater only, about 125 ml twice a week, and mist the bulb every day. Lately mostly the older leaves started to brown from the tips, turn yellow and then fall off. It still have quite a few leaves though. I can not detect any insects on the plant. Q1) Is this a natural occurance with Impala lillies or should I be concerned? and what should I do to prevent this Q2) is the soil mix ok? Q3) What nutrients should I use and how often Q4) Is my watering and sun exposure adequte

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Re: Impala lilly

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:39 am

I don't know much about bonsais unfortunately, but welcome to the forum :)

Some photos of your plant would be great!

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Re: Impala lilly

Unread postby Penny » Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:51 am

I think your plant is getting way too much water and needs to be in direct sunlight for almost the whole day. I water my impala lilies and kudu lily that I have in pots every two weeks unless it rains! They are facing North west in Durban and are thriving!
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