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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

Date

May 23, 2019 11:15 AM SAST

Description

Eastern Sorrel Copper

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What

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

Date

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

Date

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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What

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

Curiously these don’t appear to have glands on palate.

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:08 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:10 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:11 AM SAST

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What

Wonderberry Solanum retroflexum

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:24 AM SAST

Description

Not entirely confident of this Id.

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:32 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:47 AM SAST

Description

Usually seen flowering in spring only.

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:55 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 09:56 AM SAST

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What

Cineraria Genus Cineraria

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 10:06 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 10:51 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:08 AM SAST

Description

Fairly large colony in an area not encountered before. Growing on an exposed basalt sheet scattered amongst gravel.

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Square

Observer

brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:07 AM SAST

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What

Eastern Hedgehog Lily Massonia amoena

Observer

brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:08 AM SAST

Description

A large colony not encountered before. On an exposed basalt sheet amongst gravel and some grass.

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:13 AM SAST

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:14 AM SAST

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What

Baboon Cabbages Genus Othonna

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:17 AM SAST

Description

Species still to be formally described. Sounds like it might go into a new genus: ‘Crassothonna’ Many specimens in this area.

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brendancole

Date

April 12, 2019 11:21 AM SAST

Description

Nice to discover a large colony in this remote area. Worth revisiting when in full bloom next year.

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brendancole

Date

March 25, 2019 04:49 PM SAST

Description

Checked lip appendage - curves 360°, but noes not extend backwards tapering as does P. nigrescens. Great to see this colony of about six appearing on a neglected verge at the edge of the village!

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brendancole

Date

March 27, 2019 05:47 PM SAST
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