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.
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.
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 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.
Oxalis adenodes photo was taken near Kamieskroon by Christiaan van Schalkwyk.
Oxalis dregei Photo was taken by Bob Rutemoeller September 2006.
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 sonderiana This photo was taken near Springbok by Christiaan van Schalkwyk.