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Drakensberg Perdekaroo Oedera acerosa

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brendancole

Date

September 15, 2019 11:26 AM SAST

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brendancole

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September 15, 2019 10:52 AM SAST

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brendancole

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September 15, 2019 11:52 AM SAST

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brendancole

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September 15, 2019 12:03 PM SAST

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brendancole

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September 15, 2019 12:13 PM SAST

Description

Growing in colonies in moist (seepage lines) on south-facing grassy slopes.

Leaves – 11x15mm
Bracts elliptical acuminate 5mmx3mm
Calyx lobes. Keeled, keel green, margins white membranous, joined at the very bottom for 1mm 8mmx3mm. Narrowly elliptical.
Corolla tube 6mm. Lobes 6mm
Stamens: Anthers sagittate, tips recurved, small round yellow gland at apex, 2 small round glands at base. Filament attached at sinus of corolla lobes. Anther 2.8mm. Filaments 1.1mm
Stigma and Style – 6mm. Stigmatic swelling below middle of style

Not entirely confident of the ID - but this answers most closely to the Flora SA description; as well as habitat and flowering time. Other potential candidate is S. hymenosepala.

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Everlasting-Flowers Genus Helichrysum

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brendancole

Date

September 15, 2019 01:01 PM SAST

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Fynbos Blombush Metalasia densa

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brendancole

Date

September 10, 2019 10:52 AM SAST

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brendancole

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September 10, 2019 11:17 AM SAST

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brendancole

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September 10, 2019 11:07 AM SAST

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brendancole

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September 10, 2019 01:22 PM SAST

Description

Similar to H. schelpeana, but leaves with thickened margins and midrib; underside of tepals green (not bronze/purple); up to four leaves present (some grazed, but complete leaves with brown tips). See Goldblatt 2003 for details. Both already recorded in this region and both flower around the same time.

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Red-clover Blue Actizera stellata

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brendancole

Date

September 5, 2019 01:39 PM SAST

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Drakensberg Perdekaroo Oedera acerosa

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brendancole

Date

August 13, 2019 01:14 PM SAST

Description

Joubert’s Pass. Witteberg.

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brendancole

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July 29, 2019 02:14 PM SAST

Description

Out a month early. Large colony in flower on west-facing seasonally dry slopes in sandy grey-blue mudstone soil. Most with leaves at flowering. Those growing amongst scrub taller.

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brendancole

Date

July 27, 2019 10:38 AM SAST

Description

Record early flowering at this altitude. Usually seen here late September/October

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brendancole

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July 27, 2019 09:52 AM SAST

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brendancole

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July 26, 2019 02:01 PM SAST

Description

Flowering on a damp north-facing surface near a mountain spring. Still thriving despite recent arctic spell and heavy frosts.

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Drakensberg Perdekaroo Oedera acerosa

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brendancole

Date

July 12, 2019 02:07 PM SAST

Description

Mesmerising scent!

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Yellow Pansy Junonia hierta ssp. cebrene

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brendancole

Date

May 19, 2019 11:04 AM SAST

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brendancole

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May 23, 2019 11:15 AM SAST

Description

Eastern Sorrel Copper

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Eastern Hedgehog Lily Massonia amoena

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brendancole

Date

May 19, 2019 01:19 PM SAST

Description

Another colony on the Rhodes Common.

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brendancole

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May 19, 2019 12:25 PM SAST

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brendancole

Date

May 19, 2019 02:21 PM SAST

Description

A Karroo specialist finding a home in the mountains.

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brendancole

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May 19, 2019 12:35 PM SAST

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brendancole

Date

May 19, 2019 09:59 AM SAST

Description

Widespread along the Tintern valley.

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brendancole

Date

May 19, 2019 09:47 AM SAST

Description

Growing in a low-lying open field adjacent to the Tintern stream. Field is heavily grazed and permanently populated by cattle (trampling and dung-rich). Soil is soft and deep (alluvial). Grows through dense tussocks of grass. Other surrounding plants in flower include Sebaea exigua (eerily similar from a distance - as though forming a 'guild' of sorts) and Sebaea compacta.

Flowering time. Late in the year compared with other Romulea macowanii observed in the region which flower in Jan-Feb (includively). Also these are all open in the morning - before midday (unlike most of the genus, apart from R. hirsuta and R. stellata that flower in the morning - but this one bears no resemblance to either of those two).

Bracts are green with white apices.

Corm - small, asymmetrical, up to 10x6mm. One side flattened with two lateral ridges rising vertically from base to top of corm on either side of flattened face. They follow the contour of the bulb on either side (see side view in pic above). Margins of ridges bluntly toothed. Opposite side of corm bulges outwards towards the top. Corm tapers towards the base (not flattened). Tunics split into lanceolate teeth at the base.
In some specimens a fleshy, thick root-like outgrowth protrudes below the corm (the plant seeking deeper ground for the next season perhaps). See pictures.

Leaves - 3-4. p t 110mm (but most are grazed to hard to establish an average). None of the few dozen plants looked at had more than four leaves. Leaves in cross section with x-shaped with four deep grooves (see pic).

Flowers - tepals between 10-15 mm. Tube varies considerably, from 25mm-45mm. Occasionally longer - up to 75mm

An anomaly. Growing much lower than its minimum altitude (2250m) and much later than its latest flowering time (March). Large colony that appears this time of year and definitely expanding in numbers and range. Wonder if it is the same species?

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What

Eastern Hedgehog Lily Massonia amoena

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brendancole

Date

May 16, 2019 04:29 PM SAST

Description

New colony on private land in Bokspruit Valley.

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African Migrant Catopsilia florella

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brendancole

Date

April 19, 2019 12:16 PM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:03 AM SAST

Description

Glandless palate, generally hairiness of leaves and other plant parts. Smaller flowers (than D. fetcaniensis)

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:08 AM SAST

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brendancole

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April 12, 2019 09:10 AM SAST
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