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Plant: Yellow cleome / Peultjiesbos (Cleome angustifolia)

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Plant: Yellow cleome / Peultjiesbos (Cleome angustifolia)

Unread postby arks » Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:19 am

I'm presently going through old slides from my first KNP visit in November 1984. Can anyone help me with an ID for this plant?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:41 am

Hi Arks

The photo is rather vague, but it looks like Cleome angustifolia (Yellow cleome, Peultjiesbos). It is a beautiful and common flower in KNP. It actually rather resembles an elephant on closer inspection. You can see the two "tusks" etc. :wink:
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:29 pm

Yes, I agree with Imberbe. Yellow Cleome is one of the more prominent species in the Park and is quite easy to recognise once you get used to them.

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Unread postby arks » Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:21 pm

Thanks, Imberbe and MWD. I've only seen this plant on that first KNP visit (November), probably not been the right time of year on my other visits (March, April/May, July/August). I'd always thought it looked like some sort of wild orchid, but I'm delighted to know just what it is! 8)
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