Wiki Additions-- Johnsonia and Kniphofia

Mary Sue Ittner
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:24:18 PST

On our visit to South Africa in 2006 Rod and Rachel Saunders took us for a 
day trip near Bainskloof. There had been a fire previously that year in 
this area so there were things in bloom you might normally not see. There 
was a whole field of Kniphofia uvaria in bloom (in September so that 
qualifies as winter or early spring blooming)  and I've added pictures to 
the wiki:…

Rachel told us you could not expect that kind of a bloom except after a 
fire. We also saw Kniphofia sarmentosa on that trip, another winter 
rainfall species. At least that is what we were told. I accept that 
identification would be a challenge. A lot of them look alike to me.

On another note I finally got around to adding pictures of Johnsonia, a 
genus from Australia that is very unusual. It is rhizomatous and there 
seems to be some differences of opinion about which family it currently 
belongs to.  Without the flower you'd just think it was some kind of a grass.…

Mary Sue

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