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March 13, 2019

Pelargonium triste

_DSC9992 Pelargonium triste also known as kaneeltjies (little cinnamon) grow up to 50cm tall. The flowers are about 15mm in diameter with yellow and maroon or black markings. The flowers emit a lovely cinnamon scent in the evenings are pollinated by months. It has a large tuberous Woodstock that is tannin rich and were used in Namaqualand for tanning leathe
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March 13, 2019

Tulbaghia capensis

_DSC0862 Tulbaghia capensis also known as Wild Garlic. Plants are about 30cm tall while in flower. The flowers are short tubular and mostly a dull brown, green or purple. They have six bright orange lobes right at the mouth of the flower which are quite distinct. Plants flower from autumn to late spring. They are usually found in Sandolienveld, grassy Fynbo
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March 13, 2019

Crossyne guttata

_DSC0794 Crossyne guttata also known as Sambreelblom or Parasol Flower. Plants can grow to be 45cm tall. Can be locally abundant in loamy soils in Renosterveld. They seem to flower best after fire but are not dependant on fire to flower. There can be up to 200 flowers on each flowerhead.Crossyne guttata (above) has the most fascinating leaves (below). I pho
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March 13, 2019

Brunsvigia orientalis

_DSC0616 Brunsvigia orientalis, here in bud. Also known as candelabra flower. The large stem carries up to 50 gorgeous crimson flowers in a large umbel that is about 40mm across. As the flowers fade the ovaries swell and dry out. The whole "ball: which is now about 650mm diameter breaks off and is blown around by the wind. This allows Brunsvigia orientalis
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March 13, 2019

Mentha aquatica

_DSC0591 Mentha aquatica also known as kruisement or wild aquatic mint. A gorgeous looking plant with square stems that are up to 1m tall. This one was found growing alongside Osteospermum junceum (below). It enjoys growing along riverbeds and moist places. It is a creeping herb and resembles the exotic mints that we cultivate in Herb Gardens. 
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March 13, 2019

Osteospermum junceum

_DSC0566 Osteospermum junceum is a gorgeous member of the Asteraceae (daisy) family. On the reserve it seems to enjoy growing close to water mostly in rivers and floodplain habitats, and can reach heights of taller than 2m!! It has distinct characteristics other than its height; Its is almost leafless towards the top of the plant near the flowers; the leave
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March 13, 2019

Nidorella ivifolia

_DSC0986 Nidorella ivifolia, is found growing densely in patches around the reserve. It is part of the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It grows to about 2 meters tall with smooth toothed leaves. The small creamy white flowers are relatively insignificant in comparison to the size of the plant - they are about 5mm in diameter. They also seem to be present through
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February 24, 2019

Brunsvigia josephinae gigantic beauty!!

_DSC0802 This gorgeous bulb is part of the Amaryllidaceae family is classified as vulnerable. It stands about 80cm tall and the span of the scarlet blooms are breath taking! It has the largest flower cluster in the Amaryllus family, there are 30 to 40 flowers on the plant and they are so large (100mm x 40mm) that they are perfectly adapted to being pollinat
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