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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Philip1 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:52 pm

:clap: :clap: Wow.....All flower pics "Bright and Beautiful" :clap: :clap:
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:49 pm

A flower we often see during summer in Kruger: Ground lily or Ammocharis coranica
Ammocharis coranica orGround Lily. It grows in a sandy or even clay-like soil with some water and lots of sun. The leaves tend to lay on the ground, for 30 centimetres. The flowers are pink turning darker and darker. When in flower they form red pockets of colour in the veld. The flowers open from the outside inwards, about an hour before sunset. These bulbs are flowering size and about 8 to 12cm in diameter.
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:03 pm

Interesting plant growing from a dead tree - Leopard orchid or Ansellia Africana as spotted during Dec'14 on H1-2 near Sand River bridge, Skukuza.
Interesting fact about this plant taken from: http://safari-ecology.blogspot.com/2011 ... chids.html
Leopard Orchids Ansellia africana are the only species in their genus, and occur widely throughout Africa, always growing as an epiphyte (i.e. growing on another plant, but not taking any nutrients from them - so not a parasite). Just like leopards, they're often seen lying on branches of big leafy trees and the flowers are yellow with brownish spots. They're very pretty, and often taken into cultivation (they're now considered threatened in the wild in South Africa, thanks to this trade), but they're also rather interesting ecologically. Three things particularly interest me: firstly, there's an association with ants - plants secrete nectar (not from the flowers though) that a wide variety of ant species drink. In return for the sugar, the plant gets effective protection from other insects.
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Unread post by Tessa G » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:22 pm

Very interesting facts about both plants Kaapsedraai and as we have discussed in the past, the fact that the park can change so dramatically in a short space of time, it would appear that the Ground Lily must have a very short flowering time, because when we were in that area 2-3 weeks after you, we had no sightings of this flower,
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:06 am

Kaapsedraai thank you for posting that interesting information :thumbs_up:
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:23 pm

Tessa G, agree as these ground lilies seemed to have a very short flower time span. :D

Grantmissy, it is only a pleasure. :thumbs_up: I will add some more so we can get a nice collection going. :D

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by hyena_spot » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:49 pm

I love this forum but have never come to this thread until today! Beautiful topic!


naomi c wrote:Another one I am not able to identify

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I didn't see anyone answering to this post from 2012 but this flower is called Ruby Gnidia (Gnidia Rubescens) and it is sometimes also called 'Salt and Pepper' because of the two different colour within the flower. A beautiful specimen :-)

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:38 pm

An Ammocharis Coranica or Ground Lily seen just after the rain - 27th December 2016


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Unread post by johanrebel » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:25 pm

Blue Cloak (Megalochlamys revoluta subsp. cognata).

Amongst rocks above the southern bank of the Limpopo River, near Spokonyole. Zimbabwe in the background.

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:22 am

Thank you for sharing Johanrebel :thumbs_up: They are beautiful flowers indeed.
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:38 pm

With pleasure. I've got lots of pics (including far too many of unidentified flowers), will post a few every now and then.

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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by johanrebel » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:42 pm

Near Klopperfontein Drift

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Bird's Brandy (Lantana rugosa)


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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:25 am

Thank you for posting the photographs of the flowers of the Kruger National Park Johan. it is appreciated. Understandably some call the Kruger Park the Eden.
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by arks » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:54 pm

Isn't the lantana an invasive alien? :naughty:
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Re: Flowers of Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:13 pm

arks wrote:Isn't the lantana an invasive alien? :naughty:

I agree with arks.

I am happy to report where you saw it Johan - the guys who remove the aliens are so efficient and welcome assistance as it is a small team to cover the entire park.
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