Nan and Walt's 1999 - 2000 Sabbatical
Report #8, March 1, 2000
Part V - South African Flora

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!

       

Hibiscus

       

More Hibiscus (According to M. Kriek: "The Hibiscus flowers are all variations of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis from Asia."

Flowers/Plants I cannot identify

       

       

       

       

(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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Nan C. Schaller
Rochester Institute of Technology
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3 March 2000