Andriesberg

The Andriesberg is a massive dolerite dome rising out of the surrounding plains in the Sterkstroom district of the Eastern Cape. The pockets of soil and rock cracks on the mountain are a unique habitat for a variety of especially succulent flora with some special endemics such as Huernia piersii. It is situated on an historic farm, Carnarvon Estates, run as a conservancy, game reserve and guest farm by the Halse Family. Photos below from Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller illustrate the habitat and many of the plants that grow in this spot. Most of these photos were taken in January and February, summer rainfall summer on excursions led by Cameron. Some were taken on a very wet day.

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Photos below show some of the succulent plants.

Huernia piersii, Cameron McMasterCrassula pyramidalis, Cameron McMasterEuphorbia clavarioides, Cameron McMasterOthonna sp., Cameron McMasterStapelia grandiflora, Cameron McMasterCotyledon orbiculata, Bob Rutemoeller

Photos below are of Androcymbium striatum (syn. Colchicum striatum), Boophone disticha leaves, and a Cyrtanthus sp. that is likely to be Cyrtanthus macowanii as it is a bit out of range to be Cyrtanthus epiphyticus. They are very difficult to tell apart. Finally there is an orchid, Disa porrecta.

Androcymbium striatum, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterAndrocymbium striatum, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerBoophone disticha, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterCyrtanthus macowanii, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterCyrtanthus macowanii, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterDisa porrecta, Andriesberg, Cameron McMaster

Two species of Bulbine, Bulbine abyssinica and Bulbine narcissifolia grow in this location.

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The first two photos is of Dierama robustum. The rest are of Eriospermum corymbosum seen on a rainy day in a rock outcrop. There were a lot of leaves, but only one plant in bud and none with seed. We dug up (and later) replanted a tuber. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller.

Dierama robustum, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterEriospermum corymbosum bud with coin, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerEriospermum corymbosum bud, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerEriospermum corymbosum leaves, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerEriospermum corymbosum tuber, Andriesberg, Bob Rutemoeller

Two Gladiolus species, Gladiolus mortonius and Gladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis were photographed in January and February.

Gladiolus mortonius, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Bob Rutemoeller

Below are photos of Hesperantha coccinea, an unknown Hypoxis sp. and two species of Kniphofia, Kniphofia stricta and Kniphofia triangularis.

Hesperantha coccinea, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterHypoxis sp., Cameron McMasterHypoxis sp., Bob RutemoellerKniphofia stricta, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterKniphofia stricta, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterKniphofia triangularis, Andriesberg, Cameron McMaster

Photographed in November were two species of Moraea, Moraea huttonii and Moraea spathulata and Ornithogalum synanthifolium

Moraea huttonii, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterMoraea huttonii, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterMoraea spathulata, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterOrnithogalum synanthiifolium, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterOrnithogalum synanthiifolium, Andriesberg, Cameron McMaster

And unidentified Oxalis sp. and Schizocarphus nervosus were also present in this location.

Oxalis, sp., Cameron McMasterSchizocarphus nervosus, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerSchizocarphus nervosus, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerSchizocarphus nervosus, Andriesberg, Bob Rutemoeller

Strumaria gemmata photos by Cameron McMaster show flowers, leaves and fruit.

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An unidentified Trachyandra sp., possibly Trachyandra saltii, was photographed on a wet day in January at Andriesberg. Tulbaghia galpinii was photographed in November and another Tulbaghia sp. in January.

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