The Bokkeveld Plateau is an area in the northwest Cape that includes Cape fynbos, mountain renosterveld and succulent karoo vegetation types. Plants photographed in this area from Mo-R, Moraea species to Romulea species, are pictured below. More information about each species can be found on the appropriate genus page.
Moraea citrina (syn. Galaxia citrina) is a short stemless plant from the northwest Cape where it is found in shallow, sandy or stony soils. Photos 1-2 were taken September 2012 near Nieuwoudtville by Cameron McMaster and identified as this species by John Manning. The species is typically plain yellow, with a couple of populations on the Bokkeveld Mountains only noted as having dark markings. This is the first record of a color shift to orange.
Moraea gawleri Photo taken September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner near Nieuwoudtville
Moraea serpentina is a spring flowering species from arid parts of the interior and the northwestern Cape where it grows on dry stony flats and in crevices in granite rock. In September 2006 we came across this stunning display of these plants in bloom driving from Nieuwoudtville to Vanrhynsdorp. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner of them in habitat and of one that has a bluish tint. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller of one with a caterpillar and a group of white ones.
Moraea vallisbelli (syn. Homeria vallisbelli) Photos by Mary Sue Ittner taken September 2006 near Nieuwoudtville.
Ornithogalum maculatum photographed on the Biekoes Farm near Nieuwoudtville by Cameron McMaster September 2011.
Pterygodium schelpei is found on sheltered sites on clay soils in renosterveld in the Bokkeveld Mountains and the Karoo. The first two photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner near Nieuwoudtville September 2006. The last two photos taken by Cameron McMaster near Nieuwoudtville September 2011.
Romulea amoena grows in rocky sandstone soils. Photo taken by Mary Sue Ittner near Nieuwoudtville in August 2001.
Romulea luteoflora grows in loamy soils over a broad distribution of South Africa. Photos 1-2 taken by Cameron McMaster near Nieuwoudtville September 2011.
Romulea monadelpha is found in heavy dolerite clay. It was photographed September 2006 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner demonstrating the variety you can find even in the same location of plants seen in habitat.
Romulea montana grows in sandstone rocks in thin soil. Photos taken September 2011 near Nieuwoudtville by Cameron McMaster. In the second photo it is seen with Hesperantha pauciflora.
Romulea monticola grows in sandy loam in fynbos. It was photographed September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner near Nieuwoudtville.
Romulea sabulosa flowering in mass in Nieuwoudtville, South Africa in August 2001, where it was growing in wet sand. See also the photo with Hesperantha pauciflora above. The same spot was visited around the same time in 2006, but the flowers were mostly finished as the second photograph shows. There were a few in less than perfect condition still in bloom. Photos 1-4 from Bob Rutemoeller. The last photo from Cameron McMaster was taken in Nieuwoudtville September, 2012.