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Karoo: Plants

Unread postby ericat » Sat May 31, 2008 10:18 pm

I hope I am in the right place. We enjoyed the Karoo Nature Park in Beaufortwest. We are more interested in plants especially aloes than in animals. That must be why we saw many wild animals and no (nearly) aloes. The aloes in the gardens were lovely but after searching what seemed all over the huge reserve we only found one small Aloe broomii trampled and hanging onto its last leaf. The geology and nature is very interesting in this region.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat May 31, 2008 10:31 pm

Welcome to the forums ericat!

You are in the right place. Be wonderful if you would also share your knowledge in our Plant Forum!
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:28 am

Hi ericat & welcome to the right place!

I am going to Karoo NP in 2 weeks and hope to see animals as well. What was the birding like?
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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:41 am

Hi ericat

There are two Aloe species in Karoo National Park. Aloe broomii is one, and it occurs mainly on mountain slopes and on high altitudes. It is not abundant but is more common in the Mountain View section of the Park. It is not palatable, so animals won't browse on it, except perhaps eland which may do so during severe droughts. According to the species list and herbarium records, the other species is Aloe variegata - a small aloe with spots on its leaves. The section ranger says he has not seen this species yet in the Park but it is listed in the records.
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Karoo NP plants to be ID'ed please

Unread postby MarianaD » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:39 am

Hi, I'm new to the SANParks Forums. I visited the Karoo NP in March and photographed the attached plant which I am not sure what it is. I guess that it could be a Hoodia or related species. Please help with the ID. I also attach what I think is Euphorbia stellispina. Is this correct?

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Re: Karoo NP plants to be ID'ed please

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:11 am

MarianaD wrote:Hi, I'm new to the SANParks Forums. I visited the Karoo NP in March and photographed the attached plant which I am not sure what it is. I guess that it could be a Hoodia or related species. Please help with the ID. I also attach what I think is Euphorbia stellispina. Is this correct?

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Re: Karoo NP plants to be ID'ed please

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:40 am

Hi MarianaD and welcome to the forums,

The second plant does look like Euphorbia stellispina.
The first one is Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mamillata, the boxing-glove cactus. It is an alien species and will be treated either biocontrol agents or with herbicide.
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Re: Karoo NP plants to be ID'ed please

Unread postby MarianaD » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:11 pm

Thanks Megan. I thought it looked suspicious!


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