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Flowers of Kruger

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Andy M » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:20 pm

There are about seven lantanas species that are indigenous to South Africa.

Lantana rugose is one of these.
After flowering, clusters of purple, sweet, edible berries appear.
These are a favourite among fruit-eating birds
The small flowers, clustered at the ends of the stems, look like miniatures of the invasive lantana.

Lantana camara, from Central and South America is the invasive species.

Please do not dig up the lantana rugose. :wink:

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:32 pm

Thanks Andy M - learned something.
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:00 pm

Lantana rugosa is indeed indigenous to the KNP. Is is apparently widely distributed, but either uncommon or inconspicuous, because this is the only specimen I can recall ever having seen. Maybe I should just keep my eyes more open, though.

Working for Water have their work cut out for them, after this summer's good rains I've never seen so many Malpitte (Datura stramonium). Not only on the riverbanks and floodplains, but also quite far from water.

Speaking of alien species in Kruger, here's another one:

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Jerusalem Thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata)


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On the Luvuvhu floodplain, Hutwini Mountain in the background.


This tree in native to the southern US and Mexico. Pictures taken in March 2016, it is now gone.

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:27 pm

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Yellow Bitter-apple (Solanum panduriforme)

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by arks » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:14 am

Thanks to Andy and Johan for clarifying about the indigenous and alien species of lantana :thumbs_up:
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:33 pm

Another exotic, this one is a declared category 1b invader.

Luvuvhu floodplain, in front of Hutwini Mountain.

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Giant Milkwood (Calotropis procera)

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:19 am

I'm not 100% sure about this one, but if I'm correct, it is another Category 1b invader.

Mahonie Loop:

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Wild Coffee (Senna occidentalis)

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:41 am

This one is very inconspicuous, even when in flower. It is either very uncommon in Kruger, or easily overlooked. The map Schmidt et al shows it as occurring in only one single quarter-degree square around Mlondozi.

These pics (apologies for the poor quality, I'll blame the tricky light) were taken some 350 kilometers farther north, at the base of a Baobad north of Nwambi Pan. I know of another specimen in the vicinity.

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White Honey-thorn (Lycium shawii)

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:03 pm

S61, between Klopperfontein waterhole and Klopperfontein dam.
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Mopane Pomegranate (Rhigozum zambesiacum)

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:24 am

Makuleke CNP

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Sac Flower / Koddige Sakblom (Holubia saccata)


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Koddige Sakblom (Holubia saccata) with Tephrosia rhodesica in the background


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