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From Lyperanthus on Tuesday 15th of June 2021 05:00:41 PM PDT
Lyperanthus serratus Lindl., known as Rattle Beaks since the flowers shake when rattled is endemic to Western Australia where it is found in the wetter areas in the southwest. This orchid grows from 20 to 50 cm. and is found in forest, woodland and heath. Three to ten greenish yellow flowers streaked with crimson and brown are on an erect raceme 20 to 50 cm. high. Flowers are 3 to 5 cm. wide. The single leaf is arched, ribbed, and linear. Photographs taken by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller in southwestern Australia September 2007.
Lyperanthus serratus, Albany, Mary Sue IttnerLyperanthus serratus, Walpole, Mary Sue IttnerLyperanthus serratus, Walpole, Bob RutemoellerLyperanthus serratus, Stirling Range National Park, Mary Sue Ittner

From Geissorhiza Species Two on Monday 14th of June 2021 05:00:57 PM PDT
Geissorhiza louisabolusiae R.C.Foster is restricted to wet sandy flats and vleis in the Olifants River Valley and adjacent valleys to the west of the Olifants River Mountains. Growing from 15 to 20 cm and flowering August to September, it has pale yellow flowers in a 3 to 7 flower spike. Photo taken by Rachel Saunders in the Kouebokkeveld Mountains, at the top of the Gydo pass where plants were flowering with pink Drosera cistiflora and light blue Babiana lineolata. This area is colder and higher so there were still flowers in October 2016.
Geissorhiza louisabolusiae, Kouebokkeveld Mountains, Rachel Saunders

From Pelargonium Species Three on Sunday 13th of June 2021 05:03:24 PM PDT
Pelargonium pilosellifolium (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud. is a tuberous plant from the Southern Cape of South Africa, from Keeromsberg to Avontuur, growing in fynbos on sandstone on the shale-sandstone boundaries. The flowers are white, pale pink or pink, with extensive wine red markings in the centres of petals. Flowering is from October to December. The name refers to the hairiness of the leaves (Latin pilosus), which can lead to fungal problems in humid conditions. (Section Hoarea, Proliferum Group). In cultivation the species provides the grower greater opportunity to study the details of its striking flowers. As with other members of the Hoarea section, its blooming occurs after leaves are fully dried. In southern California this generally occurs in May. With a fast draining mix of grit and sandy soil the species responds well even in wet winters, provided it receives excellent air circulation. Photo #1 by David Victor. Photo #2 by Andrew Wilson.
Pelargonium pilosellifolium, David VictorPelargonium pilosellifolium, Andrew Wilson

From Bulbine on Saturday 12th of June 2021 05:54:29 PM PDT
Bulbine alooides (L.) Willd. is from the western Cape and Namaqualand where it is found or rocky flats. Growing from 20 to 40 cm high, it has 6 to 12 basal succulent leaves emerging at flowering and many small yellow flowers with fluffy filaments in a crowded raceme. It flowers March to May. It is quick to flower from seed and dies back afterwards. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner.
Bulbine alooides, Mary Sue IttnerBulbine alooides flower, Mary Sue IttnerBulbine alooides stalk, Mary Sue IttnerBulbine alooides leaves, Mary Sue Ittner

From Kabuyea on Friday 11th of June 2021 05:35:46 PM PDT
Kabuyea hostifolia (syn. Cyanastrum hostifolium) is native from Tanzania to Mozambique in low elevation areas. The flowers have a clean, sweet fragrance. The photos below were taken by Dylan Hannon who calls this species the "African lily-of-the-valley". Photo 3 shows the stacks of perennial "corms" that persist, much like Ferraria. Note that each plant typically has one stack of corm and does not branch like the one in the photo. The plant shown is 6 years old.
Kabuyea hostifolia, Dylan HannonKabuyea hostifolia, Dylan HannonKabuyea hostifolia corms, Dylan Hannon

From Uvularia on Thursday 10th of June 2021 05:08:23 PM PDT
Uvularia sessilifolia has white flowers and is found from Canada to central and eastern United States. Photo by John Lonsdale.
Uvularia sessilifolia, John Lonsdale

From Roggeveld Five on Wednesday 9th of June 2021 06:01:27 PM PDT
Pauridia alticola, syn. Saniella occidentalis, syn. Empodium occidentale, is found in damp depressions in heavy soils at high altitudes in the mountains near Calvinia, Sutherland, and Ceres. The photos below were taken by Cameron McMaster near Middelpos September 2011.
Pauridia alticola, Middelpos, Cameron McMasterPauridia alticola, Middelpos, Cameron McMaster
Pauridia capensis, syn. Spiloxene capensis, is found in seasonally wet flats in a broad distribution from the western Karoo to the Cape Peninsula and Little Karoo. Photos taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.
Pauridia capensis, Middelpos, Cameron McMaster
Pauridia serrata, syn. Spiloxene serrata, grows in sand or heavy clay, usually in seasonally damp places. Photograph from Cameron McMaster.
Pauridia serrata, Sutherland, Cameron McMaster

From Hymenocallis on Tuesday 8th of June 2021 05:29:27 PM PDT
Hymenocallis durangoensis T.M.Howard is a species from Mexico. Photos from Alessandro Marinello.
Hymenocallis durangoensis, Alessandro MarinelloHymenocallis durangoensis, Alessandro MarinelloHymenocallis durangoensis, Alessandro Marinello

From Hite Cove Trail on Monday 7th of June 2021 06:16:20 PM PDT
Calochortus albus photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner of this species growing on the Hite Cove Trail blooming April 2005 with Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra and Collinsia heterophylla.
Calochortus albus with Triteleia, Mary Sue IttnerCalochortus albus, Mary Sue IttnerCalochortus albus with Collinsia, Mary Sue Ittner

From Libertia on Sunday 6th of June 2021 06:07:18 PM PDT
Libertia chilensis (Molina) Gunckel, syn Libertia formosa Graham, is a species from Chile with fan like bluish-green leaves and white flowers with spreading segments. The inner segments are obovate and the outer small, oblong, greenish brown. According to Chileflora this species grows in water or has its roots within a permanent water source so should not be keep dry for a long period of time. This may explain why it did not thrive in Mary Sue Ittner's garden, but below is a photo taken the year she planted it out (and before the summer dry period in her California garden.)
Libertia chilensis, Mary Sue Ittner

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