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Saturday, May 3, 2014

SA Diversity Tour (25-28/02/2014) Day 41-44 Tsitsikamma

Part 1 - Flowers of Tsitsikamma (Karoo - Cape)

The four days spent in Tsitsikamma saw me taking so many pictures that I will have to break this post up, starting with the flowers. The area is so diverse and for me, coming from the Gauteng region, it was full of wonderful new species. Amongst others in bloom were many Protea and their colours are striking. Some are small bushes/shrubs and some tall trees. What a feast for the eyes!!

March/Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis belladonna) family Amaryllidaceae – about 40cm in height and making a beautiful show

Groove Tree Heath (Erica canaliculata) family Ericaceae – huge fields of pink met the eye wherever we rode
Erica discolour subsp speciosa family Ericaceae – no common name – growing along the roads on the mountain slopes
Inkberry (Phytolacca octandra) family Phytolaccaceae – an invasive species with beautiful white flowers and almost black fruit
Klaasloubos (Athanasia trifurcata) family Asteraceae – these plants have variable leaves in other areas
Unknown grass/reed – about 2m in height
Gumleaf Conebush (Leucadendron eucalyptifolium) family Proteaceae – a tall tree of about 4m
Forest White Sugarbush (Protea mundii) family Proteaceae – trees about 4m in height – colours vary from white to pink
Black-bearded Protea (Protea neriifolia) family Proteaceae – one of the most beautiful Protea’s I found – tall trees of about 4m in height


Rhodesia said...

I get camera happy when I see so many things I love, I guess you are much the same :-)) Lovely photos and I do love Tsitsikamma. I am now feeling home sick! Have a good week Diane

Gaelyn said...

The flowers here were so magnificent. Was fun to lollygag along the drive to enjoy and photograph them.

Thanks for the names, I'm just labeling this part of the journey.