Naude's Nek is one of the premier wild flower viewing sites in the Southern Drakensberg. The dirt road between Maclear and Rhodes in the Eastern Cape crests the high mountain range at an altitude of 2500 m. Photos on these pages were mostly taken January 18-19, 2010, when a number of friends botanized along the road and on the summit. Photos of species H-M are found on this page.
Habenaria laevigata is a tuberous orchid found on stony grassland from 700 to 2000 m in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Photos taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Habenaria lithophila is a tuberous orchid growing to 30 cm found on stony grassland up to 2500 m from the Western Cape of South Africa to Tanzania. Photos taken January 2010 by Cameron McMaster.
Hesperantha grandiflora is found in damp, grassy, and often shady places or forest margins, cliffs and near streams in the Drakensberg. Photo by Cameron McMaster.
Holothrix scopularia is found on exposed, often rocky, grassland at higher altitudes in the Drakensberg Mountains. Photos taken by Mary Sue Ittner and Cameron McMaster.
Hypoxis costata is found on stony, grassy slopes from 2050 to 2400 meters in many summer rainfall areas of South Africa. Photos taken January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller.
Kniphofia baurii is found on streambanks and moist grassy slopes in the Eastern Cape. Photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Kniphofia caulescens grows from .6 to 1 m and is found in marshes, on wet cliffs, often in large colonies up to 3000 m in the Drakensberg. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster.
Kniphofia hirsuta is endemic to the Drakensberg and is found or rocky slopes or streams, up to 2900 m. Photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Kniphofia northiae is found on mountain grassland, on streambanks, basalt cliffs, seepage lines up to 3000 m from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller taken January 2010.
Kniphofia parviflora is found in grassland and marshy places up to 2000 m from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. Photo taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Massonia wittebergensis is a species found at high altitude localites in the Southern Drakensberg.
The photos below were taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Moraea albicuspa occurs in well watered mountain grassland in the southern Drakensberg mountains where it is usually found among rocks or in thick clumps. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster and Mary Sue Ittner.
Moraea alpina grows in the high altitude areas of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Transkei in open rocky sites or low mountain grassland. Photos taken by Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Moraea alticola is a plant from the higher parts of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller.
Moraea trifida is a summer rainfall species that occurs in eastern Southern Africa where it grows in moist grassland. Photos taken by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller January 2010.