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Unread postby arks » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:37 am

Neil, your last two pix look like some sort of jade plant? And the other one is obviously some sort of cactus, but I've no idea which or even where to start — I'm no plant fundi and have VERY limited resources for IDs. Perhaps restio or RosemaryH can help?
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:12 pm

arks wrote:Here are some more flora that I saw whilst exploring Darling.

3. I've no idea what this tree might be?
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ROFL... arks unfortunately your tree is again an alien species :P

It is Schinus terebinthifolia (Brazilian - / Broad-leaved Pepper tree).
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:23 pm

arks wrote: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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Arks, i would go with Moraea miniata (= Homeria miniata).
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:29 pm

arks wrote: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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Any ideas?

Arks i think this is actually not an Ornithogalum but a Trachyandra sp. Although i'm not sure which one :? will have to go and look it up or try to find it.
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:43 pm

[quote="Neil Crawford"]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.

I've found out that the cactus is in fact an Cylindropuntia bigelovii, an invasive kind of Opuntia from North America.
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Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:42 am

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Arks i think this is actually not an Ornithogalum but a Trachyandra sp. Although i'm not sure which one :? will have to go and look it up or try to find it.

Thanks for your help with this and the others, all your IDs make sense to me, I should have guessed that tree was yet another pepper tree, they are so attractive, despite being aliens :( I think you're right that this is a Trachyandra, so I did some googling, but haven't found any pix that "match" this one. As always, many thanks for your help!
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:32 pm

Neil Crawford wrote: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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Hi Neil,

Sorry it is really hectic here (and i also have difficulty viewing pics :evil: )

1. Opuntia fulgida an alien invasive weed,
2. Aloe perfoliata - it was previously known as Aloe comptonii,
3. I would say Crassula arborescens subsp. arborescens.
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Wed May 07, 2008 11:21 pm

Thanks very much Jakkalsbessie, we agree with all your id.s and have changed the names on our photos.
Also apologies for the late reply, we've been having computer trouble too!
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Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:02 am

I saw these plants in WCNP on 28 September 2007. Can anyone help me with an ID?

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:48 pm

Love the photos, arks. 8) Ok let me have a take on this.

Number 1
- Im convinced on asapalathus spinescels or asapalathus quinquefolia.

Number 2
- i'd imagine its one of the malephora species, just not sure if it is and which one.

Number 3
- wow this can confuse you as many plants are similar looking, the same with number 5. But based on distribution and general appearance i would go with diosma oppositifolia.

Number 4
- im guessing klenia fulgens, just not sure if they occur in that area though.

Number 5
- disparago anomata just for the general appearance, etc. However it could be another plant, easily confused.

Number 6
- is that very diagnostic and different plant thats always on the tip of my tongue. :lol:

Hope this helps. However, im sure JB or Imberbe could clear up some confusion.

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Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:12 pm

Thanks for giving me a start with these, Mark! 8) Now I'm going to have to hunt and find out the common names .... unless you can help with those, too? :wink:

I was in Darling at the end of wildflower season last year, so still have masses of pix to ID. This year I'll be there somewhat later (November), so less flowers, I expect.
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Unread postby restio » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:55 pm

Here are some thoughts....

2. Common name = vygie. Some sort of mesmebryanthemum, I'd say.

4. Pelargonium sp (geranium)
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:08 pm

No problem, arks! The problem is that some dont even have common names. :roll: Diosma oppositifolia- bitter buchu is the only one with a common name of the 5.

restio wrote:2. Common name = vygie. Some sort of mesmebryanthemum I'd say.

This is also a good option. The malephora is very similar to this species aswell and the malephora is also known as a vygie.
restio wrote:4. Pelargonium sp (geranium)

Also another good option. Fits the habitat better than my guess, also a better contrast in appearance.

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Unread postby arks » Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:56 pm

Here is a tree/shrub and two plants that I saw at Kirstenbosch in October 2007. Can anyone help with ID on these?

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2. I saw this plant/shrub in many other places as well, including in both Darling and Paarl. The flowers range from pale blue and pale pink to almost white.
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:27 am

arks wrote:I saw these plants in WCNP on 28 September 2007. Can anyone help me with an ID?
Many thanks!

Sorry arks as you know it is very busy here :evil:

Herewith my 2c worth:

1. Pteronia... i think most probably Pteronia ovalifolia.

2. Carpobrotus edulis.

3. I would go with Hebenstreitia dentata.

4. Pelargonium fulgidum.

5. I think Eriocephalus africanus.

6. My guess would be Ornithogalum flaccidum (=Albucca flaccida).

Hope this helps :wink:
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