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 Post subject: A Flower a week...
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:32 am 
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Hi all

I'll post a pic of some sort of flower once a week, all taken in Kruger. Just to see what awesome flowers are are out there, and to help identify them on your (and my) next trip :D

My source will be: A Game ranger in your Backpack by Megan Emmett and Sean Pattric (if not indicated otherwise). Will be my own pics :thumbs_up:

PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I IDENTIFIED THE WRONG FLOWER, IT MIGHT HAPPEN :whistle:

Week 1: 'Morning glory'

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The Morning Glory falls under the Ipomoea species, and is a ground creeper, that have thrumpet large flowers, either pink or yellow. Plant grows out of a large flat underground tuber, and can be used for moisture when without water in the bush.

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 Post subject: Re: A Flower a week...
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What a wonderful idea GS!! Stunning!! And very interesting info, I know NOTHING about wild flowers!! Thanks for all the effort and info, you're a star!!

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super idea...I've been snapping lots of pretty flowers of late- we were just up near Namaqualand- and i haven't a clue what they are...except pretty...this will help a lot...thanks.

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Glad you like it BushFairy and KTF Hooked :D I'm also a novice when it comes to bush flowers, so by adding the name and info to the pic, I'll learn them as well :wink: Have tonnes pictures of lovely flowers waiting :thumbs_up:

Just a Kruger freak in any possible way :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: A Flower a week...
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Beautiful pic G@mespotter :thumbs_up: In fact some Ipomoea ( alba , indica , and purpurea ) are invaders weeds , and should not be propagated . I wonder how it came to be in KNP :hmz:

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Nice pic GS! And great idea.

:hmz: Are you sure that is a MG however? Don't they have sort of a yellowish/whitish center? Or can one just not see that here? And it is a creeper - got some in my back yard - and I don't see the creeper here? And it has big heart-shaped leaves.

I'm looking at Van Wyk and Malan's (Afrikaans, 1988) Field guide to the field flowers of Witwatersrand & Pretoria.

Your pic, with the surrounding vegetation, almost looks more like Ipomoea bolusiana (for which they don't give a common name) than Ipomoea purpurea.

I'm sure somebody will correct me, which I'm willing to accept, as I'm certainly not knowledgeable on flowers.

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 Post subject: Re: A Flower a week...
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Bishop006, I checked my books I have here, however cannot find any more info on it. It was indeed a creeper, the were a few other flowers around howoever not many :thumbs_up: Will look deeper into this 8)

Now lemme try to get a new pic :lol:

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OK here's a new one... 8)

WEEK 2: 'Lion's Eye'

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This flower is part of the Tricliceras family. It's a small herb commonly encountered in grassy areas, mostly in the early stages of the raining season (October-December). The deep orange (almost red to me?) colour resemble the honey-orange colors of a lion's eye. It closes at night and reopens in the morning. Also frequently visited by butterflies :thumbs_up:

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thanks for that info.....will put this to great use...thank you for this info...

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Week 3: 'Blue water-lily'

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Latin name for this beautiful flower is nymphae nouchali. Numphaios means 'sacred to the nymphs' which was a greek water nymph, a minor godness who presides over the water bodies. It's medicinal value is vast, and is used as an antiseptic, and to treat bladder and kidney problems. Many animals rely on this water lily for suvival, such as the African Jacana.

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Great idea.
Perhaps you could add where you took the photo and what time of year.


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Time for a lovely new flower 8)

Week 4: 'Wild Foxglove'

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The wild foxglove (ceratotheca tribola) is attractive for its mauvre (pale purple) flower. The flower has a trumpet like shape which is edged with purple stripes. It is ideal for decorative pressing, and when the flower is mixed with water and rubbed between the hands, it gives a wonderful smell and can be used as natural soap.

However, the leaves are foul smelling, and can be used as insect repellent. The leave can also be cooked and eaten as spinage, which are rich in vitamins, iron and calcium!
This pic was taken along the s110 @ Berg-en-Dal, during December month :D

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Gamespotter great thread I just love the wild foxglove it looks soft and fluffy. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: A Flower a week...
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Wonderful flower photo and am really enjoying your informative notes...thanks so much. I look forward to more!

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 Post subject: Re: A Flower a week...
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I'm a bit behind my scedule, so will try to catch up :lol:

Nothing so beautiful as wild flowers in the Kruger National Park. It amazes me how quicly we tend to just walk / drive past all the lovely small things in Kruger.

Week 5: 'Wild Hibiscus'

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The Latin name of this tremendous beautiful flower is Hibiscus Engleri. One of several yellow flowered hibiscus which can be identified with 5 large petals and branched style. . They are often yellow with a dark eye; the flowers are very delicate and last only a day before wilting, the fresh ones open each morning. There are also pink flowers in the park. The flowering time is mainly in summer, although this pic was taken in April, along my favorite loop just north of Shingwedzi, the Mhongolo loop (s56). Some of these Hibiscus plants are invasive weeds from other countries.The Hibiscus is related to the cotton plant and the seeds of some species also have a tuft of silky hairs like cotton.

Hope that will give you a 'flowery' weekend :thumbs_up:

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