It's the end of summer here now and the flowers have been stupendous. Some are familiar and others are not. If anyone knows the names of the plants and trees I haven't identified, please let me know what they are! (Thanks to M Kriek I have some corrections and names!)
plumbago: Plumbago auriculata; This flower grow everywhere.
Morning Glory and something that looks like heaather, although it grows much higher.
Agave, although I think they may call it something else here (Sisal, according to M. Kriek). There is also a lot of aloe. It even appears along with the elephant on the latest license plate. Another (non-indigenous) plant that there is an abundance of is prickly pear. Natives are frequently selling its fruit along side the road.
Bouganvillea and a bird, a Hadeda ibis, that makes a lot of noise when it flies - especially noticable in the EARLY morning. :-)
Protea, the national flower emblem of South Africa.
Scotia, meaning bean. This plant produces a bean-like fruit. The elephants like the flowers a lot!
More Hibiscus (According to M. Kriek: "The Hibiscus flowers are all variations of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis from Asia."
(I lied a little - on the right is a small grove of varieties of palms.) (M. Kriek tells me: "Flowers of two Bluegums (Eucalypts) from Australia: The white Eucalypt is probably the Red Gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, from Australia, invader along streams. The red Eucalypt is the Black Ironbark, Eucalyptus sideroxylon. Blue flowers: Don't know. White flower with yellow centre: Frangipani, apparently Plumeria sp. from west India. Yellow flower, Cape Honeysuckle, Tecomaria capensis, yellow variety. Indigenous. Red flowers: Known as Kannas/Cannas (Canna means reed, which it isn't) Not southern African. White flower: Frangipani again.")
The tree on the right has a maple-like leaf, although the bark doesn't look like maple. When we were in Hogsback, we saw some similar trees that appeared to have been tapped. (Per M. Kriek: "White flowers: appears to be a Bougainvillea glabra cultivar (Paper flower). Orangy-red species: Cape Honeysuckle, Tecomaria capensis, indigenous. Orange with black centre: don't know. Aloe comptonii (probably) background, small Strelitzia foreground. Tree: From what I can see it's a Plane, probably a hybrid between the Oriental Plane, Platanus orientalis and the American Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, so you can say P. orientalis x occidentalis. Asparagus densiflorus, a South African plant. Cape Honeysuckle, Tecomaria capensis")
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