Eastern Cape Trip

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:27:21 PST
Morgan Bay is a lovely resort area on the coast in the Eastern 
Cape.  After breakfast we explored the mouth of the Kei River with a 
guide. This was referred to as our jungle hike as the way was a bit 
tricky and there was a dense understory of plants. There was one 
stretch best maneuvered on the seat of your pants. Although we saw a 
number of plants of interest to this group, most of them were not in 
bloom and a lot of the photo opportunities were in dark shady areas. 
But here are a few:
Clivia miniata habitat
<http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/… >
Scadoxus membranaceus leaves
Hypoxis angustifolia

Then Cameron took us to a place so close to the ocean you could see 
it where we saw Gloriosa superba. There was a lot of variation in the 
color of the flowers we saw with some really beautiful specimens.

Cameron also saw a very pretty Aristea schizolaena.

The favorite plant of the day however was another beautiful Disa, 
Disa polygonoides. Unfortunately by the time we got there in the 
afternoon it was raining and we have some funny photos of people 
holding umbrellas over the photographers. Those photos didn't turn 
out so well so Bob and I got up early and walked to the spot the next morning.

We saw a lot of lovely things that morning before breakfast. Here are 
two geophytes. The first is another nicely hairy Hypoxis that I have 
no clue about the species. It doesn't quite seem to fit the others 
I've added to the wiki, but could be one of them.

Finally we saw Gladiolus ochroleucus

I have one more day to report on before I go back to the middle of 
our trip and tackle some wiki pages for Naude's Nek where we spent 
two days seeing a lot of amazing plants.

Mary Sue

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