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Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:27 pm

Thanks, restio! Upon further googling, I'm wondering whether the one on the right might be Arctotheca calendula aka Cape weed?

I agree that the one on the left may be Ursinia cakilefolia, altho the PlantsAfrica info says its WC range ends around Redelinghuys, which is somewhat farther north than Darling — took me a while to find that small dorp on my map!! I also made a mistake, as I saw these particular flowers in Darling, before I went off to Postberg. So in fact while the Ursinia occurs wild a bit farther north, it could easily have been planted in Darling?

In fact, I saw the yellow flowers in this garden in Darling
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and the orange ones growing alongside the Darling Museum.
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In googling around, I also found I what looks to be a good source of pix for ID. I recognise quite a few of my mystery flowers amongst these pix — assuming the IDs are correct.
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Unread post by restio » Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:15 pm

arks, I think that Asteraceae (daisies) are quite hard to identify, but at least we're making some headway. I'm usually happy if I can get as far as the genera. :lol:

That site you found looks really good - at least as a starting point to suggest possible IDs. :clap:
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Unread post by arks » Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:15 am

Thanks, restio! I agree that those daisies are rather like LBJs — very foncusing! :? :roll:

Here are some more flora that I saw whilst exploring Darling.

1. I think that this one is red everlasting (Helichrysum sanguineum)?
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2. I think this may just be a type of butterfly bush (buddleia), altho at the time I had decided that it wasn't ... :| The little flowers seem to be more widely spaced on the spray that I've seen with buddleias?
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3. I've no idea what this tree might be?
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Unread post by restio » Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:46 pm

arks, #1 is some type of vygie (Mesembryanthemacae). Have a look at the PlantzAfrica entry.

2 looks like a Buddleia, I must say. Looks similar to B. auriculata.
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Unread post by arks » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:43 pm

Thanks yet again, restio. I think I was looking at the wrong "leaves" for #1 and your suggestion for #2 seems spot on. Any ideas on the tree with the pretty berries?
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:06 pm

Hi Arks, I don't think that's Helichrysum sanguinem, that looks
more like these photos:
http://flickr.com/search/?q=Helichrysum ... neum&w=all

It could be some kind of garden cultivar, Helichrysum bracteatum perhaps?

I have a mystery plant from the Swartberg pass, anyone know what this one is?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2188/236 ... 902e_m.jpg
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3161/236 ... e793_m.jpg
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3222/236 ... 114d_m.jpg
img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3222/2361447211_829545114d_b.jpg[/img]

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Unread post by arks » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:45 am

Googled a bit further and now think that my red flowers are Drosanthemum speciosum.

Sorry, Neil, I've no clue what your plant is, only the seedpod sure looks like our milkweed pods? It's very pretty! Perhaps it's an African sort of milkweed?
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:38 pm

Hi Arks, I think you've nailed it, our plant is
Asclepias (Gomphocarpus) fructicosa , common on disturbed ground throughout the cape. And I agree about the Drosantherum speciosum, that looks vey like it.
Thanks for your help.
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Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:12 am

Although I was in the Cape at the very end of the wildflower season, I saw many interesting flowers on my visits to WCNP, Postberg, and Cape Point, as well as in the wildflower reserve at Waylands Farm in Darling. Unfortunately, with my very limited resources, I have not been able to accurately ID very many so I'm hoping that others can help.

Here are a few that I saw on my visit to Postberg (WCNP) on 28 September 2007.

1.
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2. This looks to me like a wild iris, but there seem to be a lot of them. Or is it Moraea ciliata?
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3. I saw these everywhere — WCNP, Darling, Cape Point — but have no idea what they are.
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4. This I think may be wild cineraria (Senecio elegans)?
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Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:40 pm

restio wrote:3 I know! :D It's chinkereechee, Ornithogalum thyrsoides. It is grown for the cut flower industry, and it is highly poisonous.

Thanks, restio! I saw lots and lots and lots of them. I'm glad to read (plantzafrica) that they are cultivated for the cut flower market, so the wild ones aren't threatened — except by loss of habitat.

Any ideas on the others? Anyone?
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Unread post by arks » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:13 pm

This plant, seen at Cape Point on 5 October 2007, are also, I think, an Ornithogalum, but the question is, which? Googling, I find that there are many different ones and I haven't found any that look remotely like this one. The closest I've found in Ornithogalum caudatum ...

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Any ideas?
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:26 am

No.1 looks like a Homeria of some kind?
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:36 am

A couple of quick guesses on 1 and 2,
the first is Homeria bifida, it was all over the west coast in September 2006 when we were there. The second one could be Moraea tripetalis, but there are so many similar Moraeas.
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:54 pm

Heres a good place to look for bulbs and geophytes
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswi ... nformation

and Moraeas in particular
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswi ... php/Moraea

I see that I should have written Moraea tripetala, but it's probably wrong anyway!
Did you know that the name of the African Iris; Moraea comes from the small Swedish town of Mora!
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Unread post by restio » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:56 pm

arks, agree that #3 is Senecio elegans. It's a common garden flower here, as it is waterwise, indigenous and colourful.

Let me know if there are any IDs that we're still stuck on, and I'll forward them on to my dad.
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