Namaqualand Four

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 from L-M, Lachenalia to Moraea, are pictured below.


Lachenalia

Lachenalia carnosa is a Namaqualand species found growing in rocks and on sandy flats between hills. Pictures 1-4 below from Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner show this species growing in the rocks September 2006. Photo 5 was taken by Cameron McMaster September 2011 near Carolusberg.

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Lachenalia framesii is a Namaqualand species that grows in flat sandy areas, often in large colonies. Photo taken near Knersvlakte September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.

Lachenalia framesii, Knersvlakte, Cameron McMaster

Lachenalia hirta is distributed from Namaqualand to the Western Cape where is grows in sandy soil, often in large colonies. Photos taken September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner

Lachenalia hirta, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia hirta, Mary Sue Ittner

Lachenalia namaquensis is found in exposed rocky habitats. Photo taken by Andrew Harvie northwest of Steinkopf.

Lachenalia namaquensis, Andrew Harvie

Lachenalia patula is found on quartz hillsides in the northwest Cape. Photos by Andrew Harvie.

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Lachenalia violacea is distributed in the northwest Cape where it is found in various habitats, but often in rocky places. Photos taken September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner.

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Lapeirousia

Lapeirousia arenicola is found in deep red sand. Photos taken September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner.

Lapeirousia arenicola, Mary Sue IttnerLapeirousia arenicola, Mary Sue Ittner

Lapeirousia fabricii is found on stony sandstone and granitic slopes. Photos taken September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner.

Lapeirousia fabricii, Mary Sue IttnerLapeirousia fabricii, Mary Sue Ittner

Lapeirousia silenoides The first picture was taken in August 2001 by Mary Sue Ittner. The others were taken by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller in 2006 where there were patches of bright pink from this plant and also Pelargonium incrassatum which is the very same color.

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Massonia

Massonia bifolia syn. Whiteheadia bifolia Photographed by Diane Whitehead, Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller in early September 2006.

Massonia bifolia in rocks, Diane WhiteheadMassonia bifolia close-up, Diane WhiteheadMassonia bifolia, Mary Sue IttnerMassonia bifolia, Bob Rutemoeller

Moraea

Moraea bolusii grows on rocky flats and hills in thin sandy soils. Photos taken by Andrew Harvie northeast of Springbok.

Moraea bolusii, Springbok, Andrew HarvieMoraea bolusii, Springbok, Andrew Harvie

Moraea fugacissima (syn. Galaxia fugacissima) is found on wet sand and clay flats from Namaqualand to Humansdorp. Photo taken by Cameron McMaster near Kamieskroon.

Moraea fugasissima, Kamieskroon, Cameron McMaster

Moraea fugax ssp. filicaulis grows in rocky ground or deep sand and flowers August to October. Photographed September 2006 in Namaqua National Park by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner.

Moraea fugax ssp. filicaulis, Namaqua National Park, Bob RutemoellerMoraea fugax  ssp. filicaulis, Namaqua National Park, Bob RutemoellerMoraea fugax ssp. filicaulis, Namaqua National Park, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea fugax  ssp. filicaulis, Namaqua National Park, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea fugax ssp. fugax Photographed September 2006 in Namaqua National Park by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner.

Moraea fugax, Namaqua National Park, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea fugax, plant, Namaqua National Park, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea fugax, open, with pollinator, Namaqua National Park, Bob Rutemoeller

Moraea gawleri is widespread in the Cape province and is found growing on sandy or clay slopes, usually in Renosterveld. Photo taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.

Moraea gawleri, Namaqualand, Cameron McMaster

Moraea inconspicua is a widespread species (Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape) found on sandy and clay slopes, flowering in spring Photographs taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner September 2006.

Moraea inconspicua, Namaqualand, Bob RutemoellerMoraea inconspicua, Namaqualand, Bob RutemoellerMoraea inconspicua, Namaqualand, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea intermedia is a rare species found in open sandy places among granite outcrops near Springbok. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster.

Moraea intermedia, Namaqualand, Cameron McMasterMoraea intermedia, Namaqualand, Cameron McMaster

Moraea miniata information found on a wiki Homeria page. Photos 1-2 from Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner of plants with white flowers blooming September 2006. Photo 3 from Cameron McMaster taken near Kamieskroon September 2011.

Moraea miniata, Bob RutemoellerMoraea miniata, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea miniata, Kamieskroon, Cameron McMaster

Moraea nana information found on the wiki Hexaglottis page. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner of some particularly attractive specimens seen September 2006.

Moraea nana, Namaqualand, Bob RutemoellerMoraea nana, Namaqualand, Bob RutemoellerMoraea nana, Namaqualand, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea nana, Namaqualand, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea saxicola grows on rocky granite or clay soils. Photos taken northwest of Steinkopf by Andrew Harvie.

Moraea saxicola, northwest of Steinkopf, Andrew HarvieMoraea saxicola, northwest of Steinkopf, Andrew Harvie

Moraea schlechteri information found on a wiki Homeria page. Photos 1-2 taken September 2007 by Mary Sue Ittner. Photos 3-4 taken by Cameron McMaster September 2011.

Moraea schlechteri, Namaqualand, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea schlechteri, Namaqualand, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea schlechteri, Namaqualand, Cameron McMasterMoraea schlechteri, Namaqualand, Cameron McMaster

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. Photos were taken by Cameron McMaster September 2011.

Moraea serpentina, Carolusberg, Cameron McMasterMoraea serpentina, Carolusberg, Cameron McMaster

Moraea unguiculata is found on shale slopes in the winter rainfall area. Its range extends into the Eastern Cape where it occurs in drier open thicket environments and Karoo hills. Photo taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster near Kamieskroon.

Moraea unguiculata, Kamieskroon, Cameron McMaster

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