Flowers of Kruger

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

Giant Raisin (Grewia hexamita)
Giant Raisin (Grewia hexamita)
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Near Klopperfontein Drift

Bird's Brandy (Lantana rugosa)
Bird's Brandy (Lantana rugosa)


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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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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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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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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:

Jerusalem Thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata)
Jerusalem Thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata)


On the Luvuvhu floodplain, Hutwini Mountain in the background.
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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Yellow Bitter-apple (Solanum panduriforme)
Yellow Bitter-apple (Solanum panduriforme)
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Another exotic, this one is a declared category 1b invader.

Luvuvhu floodplain, in front of Hutwini Mountain.

Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)
Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)

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

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Wild Coffee (Senna occidentalis)
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This one is very inconspicuous, even when in flower. It is either very uncommon in Kruger, or easily overlooked. The map in Schmidt et al (Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park) 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.

White Honey-thorn (Lycium shawii)
White Honey-thorn (Lycium shawii)

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S61, between Klopperfontein waterhole and Klopperfontein dam.
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Makuleke CNP

Sac Flower / Koddige Sakblom (Holubia saccata)
Sac Flower / Koddige Sakblom (Holubia saccata)


Koddige Sakblom (Holubia saccata) with Tephrosia rhodesica in the background
Koddige Sakblom (Holubia saccata) with Tephrosia rhodesica in the background
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Wild Sunflower (Verbenia encelioides)
Wild Sunflower (Verbenia encelioides)
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Bvumanyondo Pad, Makuleke CNP

Green-apple (Monodora junodii)
Green-apple (Monodora junodii)


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On the farm Johnniesdale in the Timbavati.

The binomial name may be a tongue twister, but at least it makes sense. The English common name eludes me.

Lion's Eye (Tricliceras longepedunculatum)
Lion's Eye (Tricliceras longepedunculatum)
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