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Plants of Golden Gate Highlands NP

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Plant (Exotic): White Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:32 pm

Heading up the mountain back to our cabin on our last evening at GGNP, we noticed the grassland spotted with single white flowers ... these were in flower during the day ... and the following morning when we left for home, there were gone again. What are these called - and will do they flower again the following evening?

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Plants of Golden Gate Highlands NP

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I was fascinated by the plants that grew amongst the rock and grass at Golden Gate Highlands NP. Anyone able to help with ID please? And further info.

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Plant ID needed

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:32 pm

I was fascinated by the plants that grew amongst the rock and grass at Golden Gate Highlands NP. Anyone able to help with ID please? And further info.

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread post by Imberbe » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:59 pm

The last one is the White Evening Primrose. It is actually an exotic, introduced from Mexico. Some 15 species in SA.

The flowers open at night and close before midday. There is a good reason for this. It is to protect the flower. It is pollinated by moths (as is many white flowers) which fly at night. Being open during the day is not necessary, and exposes it to possible damage.
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:23 pm

#1 look like a species of Crassula but i'm not sure which one :?
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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:23 pm

#2 I would say is Helichrysum aureum. (Everlasting Aureum Superbum)

#3 look like one of many white-flowered, cushion-forming Helichrysums in the Drakensberg and my best guess would be Helichrysum confertum. (Kooigoed)
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