The Maclear district is a spectacular valley, the Mooi River valley, in the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The valley has magnificent views of mountainsides, rushing streams and waterfalls. Many orchid species are found growing in the grassland of this district, but there are also other geophytic species found there as well. Photos on these wiki pages were taken in this district on a number of botanizing trips. Pictured on this page are plants from M to Z. More information about each species can be found on the appropriate genus page.
Moraea albicuspa occurs in well watered mountain grassland in the southern Drakensberg mountains KwaZulu-Natal where it is usually found among rocks or in thick clumps. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller.
Nerine angustifolia is native to the summer rainfall areas of Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, former Cape Province, and former Transvaal) where it occurs on flats and montane habits in acid grassland marshes, often in large colonies. Photo taken by Cameron McMaster near Ugie February 2008.
Oxalis smithiana grows in damp grassland , on mossy rocks in forest, from the coast up to 2560 meters elevation in south eastern South Africa. Photos taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Satyrium longicauda grows in grassland, rocky areas and marshes from the Southern Cape of South Africa to tropical Africa. Photos from Mary Sue Ittner.
Satyrium sphaerocarpum is found in moist grassland from the Eastern Cape of South Africa to Mozambique. Photos taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Scadoxus puniceus is found along the coast and in river valleys, in subtropical thicket in the southern to south east Cape to tropical Africa. Photos taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner of plants in fruit.
Tritonia drakensbergensis is found on the southern parts of the Drakensberg range in the northern Eastern Cape. Photos by Cameron McMaster.
Watsonia confusa Goldblatt grows in damp sites or grassland from the coast to 1000 meters from the Eastern Cape Province to KwaZulu-Natal. The first photo was taken by Cameron McMaster January 2008 at Elands Heights, Maclear. the next three were taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Watsonia gladioloides grows in rocky grassland in mountains from the Eastern Cape province to Swaziland. Photos #1 and 2 taken by Cameron McMaster February 2008 at Aurora Peak, Maclear. Photos #3-5 taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Wurmbea kraussii is a small plant to 10 cm found on damp places in grassy slopes in the Eastern Cape. Photos taken in January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Zantedeschia albomaculata is a summer rainfall species from eastern southern Africa found in marshy ground on rocky or grassy mountainsides. Photo taken January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller.