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 A-C are found on this page.
Albuca humilis is found on the edges and seams of rock sheets, gravel and silt patches and rock grassland up to 2800 meters in the Eastern Mountain Region of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Photos taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Aristea abyssinica is found from the Eastern Cape, South Africa to Tropical Africa where it grows in on rocky outcrops, in grassland, and marshy areas. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller January 2010.
Brownleea macroceras grows on damp rocky grass slopes and grassy cliffs in the Drakensberg (South Africa, Lesotho) at 1800 to 3000 meters elevation. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster.
Bulbine narcissifolia occurs singly or in colonies (the latter especially in overgrazed areas) on poor soils in grassland in southern Africa from the eastern regions of the Western Cape, through the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, north to Ethiopia. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller were taken January 2010.
Corycium flanaganii is a species found in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape. Photo taken by Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Corycium nigrescens Photo taken January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller.
Cyrtanthus breviflorus is found in marshy, grassy places up to 3000 m from the Eastern Cape to Kenya. Photos taken by Mary Sue Ittner January 2010.
Cyrtanthus epiphyticus is an epiphytic species from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal found on trees, boulders and in rock crevices in moist conditions. Photos taken January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner.