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 P through W, Pauridia through Watsonia, are pictured below.
Pauridia gracilipes ssp. gracilipes was formerly considered to be a yellow flowered Spiloxene ovata. Photo was taken by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006.
Pauridia gracilipes ssp. speciosa is endemic to the Kamiesberg and has flowers that are pale to deeper orange. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster in
Pauridia scullyi, syn. Spiloxene scullyi, photos taken September 2006 by Bob Rutemoeller.
Pelargonium barklyi Photographed September 2006 in Namaqua National Park by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner. The leaves were protected below a shrub. And the flowers twined through the leaves and branches of the shrub.
Pelargonium incrassatum Photos taken in September 2006 by Bob Rutemoeller.
Pterygodium hallii photos taken by Cameron McMaster near Kamieskroon.
Satyrium erectum Sw. is a widespread winter rainfall species found on dry sandstone, and clay flats from Namaqualand to the southwestern Eastern Cape. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster near Springbok.
Trachyandra falcata Photos taken by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006.
Watsonia meriana Photos taken by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006.