Roggeveld Four

Plants photographed in the Roggeveld from L-O, Lachenalia species to Oxalis species are pictured below. More information about each species can be found on the appropriate genus page.


Lachenalia congesta is a dwarf species from Sutherland and Calvinia. Photo taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.

Lachenalia congesta, Middelpos, Camerom McMaster

Lachenalia doleritica grows on dolerite flats in the Roggeveld. Photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006 early morning near Middelpos.

Lachenalia doleritica, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia doleritica, Mary Sue Ittner

Lachenalia obscura grows on stony karroid flats from Namaqualand to the Karoo. The first photograph was taken by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006 near Middelpos and the second by Cameron McMaster September 2011.

Lachenalia obscura, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia obscura, Middelpos, Cameron McMaster

Lachenalia spp. The two photos below are unidentified species. The first was growing near Middelpos and photographed by Mary Sue Ittner. The second photo was taken by Cameron McMaster in the Komsberg.

Lachenalia sp., Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia sp.Komsberg, Cameron McMaster

Lachenalia violaceais distributed in the northwest Cape and Namaqualand where it is found in various habitats, but often in rocky places. The first two photographs were taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner early morning September 2006 near Middelpos. The last two photos were taken by Cameron McMaster at Middelpos and in the Komsberg, September 2011.

Lachenalia violacea, Bob RutemoellerLachenalia violacea, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia violacea, Middelpos, Cameron McMasterLachenalia violacea, Komsberg, Cameron McMaster

Lachenalia zebrina is found on rocky clay flats in the Western Karoo. Photographs were taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner September 2006 near Middelpos showing the leaves as it was not yet in bloom.

Lachenalia zebrina, Bob RutemoellerLachenalia zebrina, Mary Sue Ittner

Lapeirousia montana grows on clay soils. Photos below taken in the Komsberg by Cameron McMaster one year and again by Bob Rutemoeller September 2006.

Lapeirousia montana, Cameron McMasterLapeirousia montana, Bob Rutemoeller

Lapeirousia plicata is found on dry shale flats in the succulent karoo or renosterveld from Namibia to the Karoo, Worcester and the Little Karoo. Photos below are possibly this species or L. montana photographed near Middelpos by Mary Sue Ittner.

Lapeirousia plicata,  Mary Sue IttnerLapeirousia plicata, Mary Sue Ittner

Massonia depressa is native to the dry areas of the Cape Province and Namaqualand to the Orange Free State. Photo taken near Matjiesfontein by Cameron McMaster September 2011.

Massonia depressa, Matjiesfontein, Cameron McMaster

Moraea bifida is found on clay flats in renosterveld in the western Karoo and Bokkeveld Mountains to Pakhuis Pass. Photos taken September 2006 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner in the Komsberg and near Calvinia.

Moraea bifida, Bob RutemoellerMoraea bifida, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea bifida, Bob RutemoellerMoraea bifida, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea bifida, Bob Rutemoeller

Moraea ciliata grows on sandy and clay slopes in the winter rainfall areas. The first two photos by Cameron McMaster were taken in Sutherland and Middelpos. The others taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner near Middelpos September 2006 show variations in color and leaves.

Moraea ciliata, Cameron McMasterMoraea ciliata, Cameron McMasterMoraea ciliata, Bob RutemoellerMoraea ciliata, Bob RutemoellerMoraea ciliata, Bob RutemoellerMoraea ciliata, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea crispa is found in the Karoo and interior Cape mountains on clay or sandy flats and slopes. Photographed in the Roggeveld Mountains by Andrew Harvie.

Moraea crispa, Roggeveld Mountains, Andrew HarvieMoraea crispa, Roggeveld Mountains, Andrew Harvie

Moraea fenestrata grows on clay soils in renosterveld in the western Karoo. Photos taken September 2011 near Middelpos by Cameron McMaster.

Moraea fenestrata, Middelpos, Camerom McMasterMoraea fenestrata, Middelpos, Camerom McMasterMoraea fenestrata, Middelpos, Camerom McMaster

Moraea karroica is found in clay soils in renosterveld and karroid bush in the Roggeveld, northwest Cape, and the western Karoo. Photographs by Mary Sue Ittner were taken September 2006 in the Komsberg.

Moraea karroica, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea karroica, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea karroica, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea karroica, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea macronyx is found on rocky sandstone slopes in the Cape Province. The first photo by Cameron McMaster and the second by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006 where it was blooming in the Komsberg.

Moraea macronyx, by Cameron McMasterMoraea macronyx, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea miniata is widespread from Namaqualand to Riversdale and the Karoo, growing mainly on clay slopes, renosterveld and karroid scrub. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner, Bob Rutemoeller, and Cameron McMaster taken near Middelpos and Sutherland on IBSA trips in September of different years.

Moraea miniata, Cameron McMasterMoraea miniata, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea miniata, Middelpos, Cameron McMasterMoraea miniata, extra tepals, Bob Rutemoeller
Moraea miniata, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea miniata, Sutherland, Cameron McMasterMoraea miniata, Bob RutemoellerMoraea miniata, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea miniata, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea miniata, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea pritzeliana is a spring blooming species found on sandstone and clay soils, mainly in renosterveld (Bokkeveld Plateau and western Karoo). In September 2006 there were beautiful displays of this species in Calvinia. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner show it blooming with beetle daisies (Gorteria diffusa).

Moraea pritzeliana, Calvinia, Bob RutemoellerMoraea pritzeliana, Calvinia, Bob RutemoellerMoraea pritzeliana, Calvinia, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea tripetala is widely distributed in the winter rainfall areas of South Africa, found on rocky sandstone and clay soils. The first two photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner near Middelpos September 2006 and the next two taken by Mary Sue Ittner near Calvinia.

Moraea tripetala, Middelpos, Bob RutemoellerMoraea tripetala, Middelpos, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea tripetala, Calvinia, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea tripetala, Calvinia, Mary Sue Ittner

Ornithogalum multifolium is found in shallow pockets of soil on rock outcrops from Namaqualand south to areas in the western Cape. Photos taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.

Ornithogalum multifolium, Middelpos, Cameron McMasterOrnithogalum multifolium, Middelpos, Cameron McMaster

Oxalis heterophylla grows on south slopes and mountains from Namaqualand to Riversdale, flowering August to October. Leaves are trifoliolate with leaflets bilobed to the middle and the flowers are red to purple with a yellow tube. Photo taken by Cameron McMaster September 2015.

Oxalis heterophylla, Middelpos, Cameron McMaster

Oxalis obtusa is common and widespread and found on sandy or clay soils from Namaqualand to Knysna.Photos were taken near Middelpos September 2006 by Mary Sue Ittner. There were many variations in colors seen.

Oxalis obtusa, Mary Sue IttnerOxalis obtusa, Mary Sue IttnerOxalis obtusa, massed, Middelpos, Mary Sue Ittner

Oxalis palmifrons is a western Karoo species. The leaves were photographed near Middelpos with Romulea subfistulosa by Mary Sue Ittner

Oxalis palmifrons, Mary Sue Ittner

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