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October 30, 2019

Ursinia nana

Ursinia nana is a member of the daisy family and is also known by its common name of small yellow Margaret, which is geelmagriet in Afrikaans. This is a gorgeous shrub that flowers prolifically on the reserve. It is drought and wind resistant which allows it to thrive in various areas. When the flower produces fruit, the fruit is carried in the w
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October 30, 2019

Gladiolus floribundus

This is a very attractive Gladiolus with large flowers arranged in a one sided manner, usually on a branched stem. The colour of the flowers may vary from creamy pink to mauve with a dark stripe in the middle of each petal. The upper petal lobes of Gladiolus floribundus subsp. floribundus are larger than the lower lobes.
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October 30, 2019

Massonia echinata

Massonia echinata is also known by its common name of Krimpvarkie or Hedgehog lily. Here in this photo the flowers have just started opening. Once they are all open they are clustered in the centre at the base of the two leaves and all the little filaments look like the spikes on the back of a hedgehog. The flowers are sweetly scented and produce
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October 30, 2019

Euphorbia ericoides

Euphorbias are an interesting group of plants and there are said to be around 20 different species of Euphorbias in the klein karoo! Their forms are highly variable, but the genus is easy to recognise as all the species exude a white sticky latex sap when injured. Plants are generally considered to be toxic, however some species are browsed by sm
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October 30, 2019

Lachenalia ensifolia

This tiny little plant is unlike other Lachenalia species the flowers are not carried on an upright stem but are clustered at the base of the two stems on the ground. The flowers are white to mauve and are almond scented and are predominantly pollinated by honeybees (Apis mellifera) and the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui), which is often
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October 29, 2019

Moraea tripetala

Also known by its common names as, Blou-uintjie (blue edible bulb), Perde-uintjie (horse edible bulb), Small Blue Iris. Moraea tripetala can be seen in various places on the reserve and is tolerant of various environmental conditions. Its distinct characteristic is that it appears to only have three petals, however if you look closely there are a
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October 29, 2019

Moraea unguiculata

This is a gorgeous little Moraea unguiculata grows on a variety of soils in various habitats. The small flowers have three very distinctive broad outer tepals (petals and sepals fused) and three smaller inner tepals with three points or lobes – the outer lobes are shorter and blunt while the middle lobe is thin and coiled inwards. The flowers a
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October 29, 2019

Moraea polyanthos

Polyanthos means many flowered and describes the numerous flowers that may be open on a single day on a strong healthy plant. Also commonly known as Bloutulp or blue tulip. On Gondwana is graces our grassland areas of the Nouga which is absolutely spectacular when in flower. Our elephant herds traverse the Nouga and meander proudly through the fl
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October 29, 2019

Hermannia angularis

This is a lovely little shrub that can grow to about 60cm tall. The flowers can be yellow or red and are almost hidden in the large yellow-green calyx. It is widley spread and can be fairly palatable to game. Some Hermannia species have a delicate taste and can be used in salads.
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