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A Flower a week...

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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby KTF hooked » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:44 pm

Thanks Gamespotter...it was a wonderfully flowery weekend...spent some time at Kirstenbosch and the place is just ablaze with colourful flowers. I invested in a new identification book, so hopefully I will be better able to identify those I took photos of!
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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:25 am

KTF Hooked, I would LOVE to go to Kirstenbosch botanical garden!! What book is it you have and/or recommend?

Just a nice colourful beauty before another hectic week starts :D

Week 6 'Crinum (vlei) lily

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It's latin name is Crinum delagoense. It is a spectacular 'wild' lily with pink-striped, trumphe-shaped flowers. The plant may be spotted growing deep into sandy soils in early summer, and is supported by a large underground bulb (20cm in diameter). They have burgundy coloured fruits that reach lemaon size when mature. These picture were taken close to Bateleur camp as well as the tar road north of Shingwedzi late December.
Tambotie 20 July, Shipandane Birdhide 21 July, Mphongolo Backpack Trail 22 -25 July, Tzendze 26 July, and Greater Limpopo National Park 27 -29 July :D

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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby KTF hooked » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:44 am

G@mespotter...thanks for another lovely flower.
The book I got is call the Field Guide to Fynbos by John Manning 2007 by Random House Struik PUB...lovely photos ( has a beautiful Erica on the cover)...good helpful hints on the parts of the flower, cause it gets very detailed...who knew there were so many variations!! If only I would remember to photograph the leaves as well as the blossom, cause often that is the distinguishing feature!!
They explain the differences between species well and also add in some informative tidbits like if the plant had any medicinal attributes.
My new book is starting to look very worn...ha.
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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby Shi » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:02 pm

Fantastic idea GS and some stunning pic's thus far :clap: :clap: :clap: Thanks for this topic as I always just say "wildflowers" as a catch all :D :D
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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:40 pm

Thank KTF Hooked :D I will be on the lookout, thanks!

Shi - That's why I started this topic, so you and I may learn :D Glad you like it as well :thumbs_up: Like any love, it must suddenly strike you, then it will continue to grow... So too, the love for wild flowers is a long 'process' :lol:

Week 7: 'Poison Apple'

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The Poison apple is part of the Solanum Panduriforme family. This plant's apple fruit is so poisonous that the consumption thereof may cause the stomach and intestines to swell, will induce convulsions and a coma, and may even prove to be fatal... The fruits are most poisonous when they are green as they contain high quantities of solanine, which is remarkably also present in the commercial patato plant. Animals do eat the plant under stressful conditions. Hunters wash their hands with an infusion of the roots in order to have a successful hunt. This pic was taken in April 2010 close to Punda Maria (Mahonie loop) and close to Klopperfontein.
Tambotie 20 July, Shipandane Birdhide 21 July, Mphongolo Backpack Trail 22 -25 July, Tzendze 26 July, and Greater Limpopo National Park 27 -29 July :D

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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby Shi » Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:11 pm

Thanks GS....Lovely pic and enjoying the lessons :D :thumbs_up:
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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby okie » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:55 pm

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7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: A Flower a week...

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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby okie » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:50 am

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Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:47 pm

I think I should rename this topic to a flower a year or something!

However, we're gonna blow some life in this topic again, and here is a next pic. I'll add the description etc later as I forgot my book at home :redface:


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Re: A Flower a week...

Unread postby naturelover » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:51 am

Hilliardella (= Vernonia)
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