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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread postby Philip1 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:52 pm

:clap: :clap: Wow.....All flower pics "Bright and Beautiful" :clap: :clap:
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:49 pm

A flower we often see during summer in Kruger: Ground lily or Ammocharis coranica
Ammocharis coranica orGround Lily. It grows in a sandy or even clay-like soil with some water and lots of sun. The leaves tend to lay on the ground, for 30 centimetres. The flowers are pink turning darker and darker. When in flower they form red pockets of colour in the veld. The flowers open from the outside inwards, about an hour before sunset. These bulbs are flowering size and about 8 to 12cm in diameter.
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:03 pm

Interesting plant growing from a dead tree - Leopard orchid or Ansellia Africana as spotted during Dec'14 on H1-2 near Sand River bridge, Skukuza.
Interesting fact about this plant taken from: http://safari-ecology.blogspot.com/2011 ... chids.html
Leopard Orchids Ansellia africana are the only species in their genus, and occur widely throughout Africa, always growing as an epiphyte (i.e. growing on another plant, but not taking any nutrients from them - so not a parasite). Just like leopards, they're often seen lying on branches of big leafy trees and the flowers are yellow with brownish spots. They're very pretty, and often taken into cultivation (they're now considered threatened in the wild in South Africa, thanks to this trade), but they're also rather interesting ecologically. Three things particularly interest me: firstly, there's an association with ants - plants secrete nectar (not from the flowers though) that a wide variety of ant species drink. In return for the sugar, the plant gets effective protection from other insects.
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread postby Tessa G » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:22 pm

Very interesting facts about both plants Kaapsedraai and as we have discussed in the past, the fact that the park can change so dramatically in a short space of time, it would appear that the Ground Lily must have a very short flowering time, because when we were in that area 2-3 weeks after you, we had no sightings of this flower,
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:06 am

Kaapsedraai thank you for posting that interesting information :thumbs_up:
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:23 pm

Tessa G, agree as these ground lilies seemed to have a very short flower time span. :D

Grantmissy, it is only a pleasure. :thumbs_up: I will add some more so we can get a nice collection going. :D

Thank you for the feedback :thumbs_up:
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