Namaqualand Five

Namaqualand is an arid area in northwest South Africa. Although it is a winter rainfall area, rainfall is sparse and the plants found in this area are not included in some of the books illustrating South African bulbs since it is not considered to be part of the Cape Floral province. For most of the year the land appears to be a desert and because it has an average annual rainfall of 50-400 mm it could be classified as such. But in a year with adequate rainfall it becomes alive with an amazing floral display of annuals, bulbs, dwarf shrubs, and succulents. Flowering usually occurs in August and September, but dry winds which halt the display can end it sooner. In a year with little rainfall there are few flowers. Summers are hot and dry but there is occasional fog since the ocean is not that far away. Photos on this page taken in Namaqualand. More information about the plants seen on this page can by found on the wiki genus pages. Links are included to make it easier to go directly to these pages. Species O, Ornithogalum through Oxalis, are pictured below.


Southern African Ornithogalum

Ornithogalum maculatum These first photos were taken September 2006 in Namaqua National Park by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner. Flowers seen in the morning mist were not yet open, but later in the day they were.

Ornithogalum maculatum, Bob RutemoellerOrnithogalum maculatum, Bob RutemoellerOrnithogalum maculatum, Mary Sue Ittner

Ornithogalum multifolium These pictures were taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner of a group seen in the middle of the day and illustrate the habitat as well as the flowers.

Ornithogalum multifolium, Bob RutemoellerOrnithogalum multifolium, Mary Sue IttnerOrnithogalum multifolium, Mary Sue Ittner

Southern African Ornithogalum Two

Ornithogalum pruinosum The first two photos by Bob Rutemoeller were taken in such a spot near Kamieskroon September 2006. The second two were taken by Andrew Harvie northwest of Steinkopf.

Ornithogalum pruinosum, Bob RutemoellerOrnithogalum pruinosum, Bob RutemoellerOrnithogalum pruinosum, northwest of Steinkopf, Andrew HarvieOrnithogalum pruinosum, northwest of Steinkopf, Andrew Harvie

Ornithogalum xanthochlorum Photos 1-2 taken alongside the main road September 2006 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner. Photo 3 taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.

Ornithogalum xanthochlorum, Bob RutemoellerOrnithogalum xanthochlorum, Mary Sue IttnerOrnithogalum xanthochlorum, Knersvlakte, Cameron McMaster

Ornithoglossum

Ornithoglossum spp Pictures below were taken by Andrew Harvie and Mary Sue Ittner of unidentified species in leaf and fruit.

Ornithoglossum sp., Kamiesberg, Andrew HarvieOrnithoglossum sp., Namaqualand, Mary Sue IttnerOrnithoglossum sp., Namaqualand, Mary Sue IttnerOrnithoglossum sp., Namaqualand, Mary Sue Ittner

Ornithoglossum undulatum is found on rocky sandstone and granite slopes from southern Namibia to Somerset East. Photo taken by Cameron McMaster September 2011 near Knersvlakte.

Ornithoglossum undulatum, Knersvlakte, Cameron McMaster

Ornithoglossum vulgare is found on stony slopes from Western Africa to tropical Africa. Photos 1-3 taken by Andrew Harvie northeast of Springbok. Photos 4-5 taken by Cameron McMaster near Carolusberg September 2011.

Ornithoglossum vulgare, Namaqualand, Andrew HarvieOrnithoglossum vulgare, Namaqualand, Andrew HarvieOrnithoglossum vulgare, Namaqualand, Andrew HarvieOrnithoglossum vulgare, Carolusberg, Cameron McMasterOrnithoglossum vulgare, Carolusberg, Cameron McMaster

Oxalis

Oxalis adenodes photo was taken near Kamieskroon by Christiaan van Schalkwyk.

Oxalis adenodes, habitat, Christiaan van Schalkwyk

Oxalis comosa Photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner September 2006.

Oxalis comosa, Namaqualand, Bob RutemoellerOxalis comosa, Namaqualand, Mary Sue Ittner

Oxalis dregei Photo was taken by Bob Rutemoeller September 2006.

Oxalis dregei, Namaqualand, Bob Rutemoeller

Oxalis namaquana The first photo shows a mass blooming in a wet spot in a wet year (August 2001). The next two photos were taken September 2006. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner.

Oxalis namaquana, Mary Sue IttnerOxalis namaquana, Mary Sue IttnerOxalis namaquana, Mary Sue Ittner

Oxalis obtusa Photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner September 2006.

Oxalis obtusa, Bob RutemoellerOxalis obtusa, Mary Sue IttnerOxalis obtusa, Mary Sue Ittner

Oxalis sonderiana This photo was taken near Springbok by Christiaan van Schalkwyk.

Oxalis sonderiana, Springbok, Christiaan van Schalkwyk

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