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Pale Felicia Felicia muricata

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

November 13, 2019 12:55 PM SAST

Description

Felicia muricata are usually one of the earliest of the pre rain flowers to appear. Find them growing on some of the worst patches of ground but are beautiful in their delicacy

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 12, 2019 11:25 AM SAST

Description

Have only found a couple of these small compact plants on the estate. Have dark green oval leaves with a sharp point. Occur in the grassveld areas. Previously have found them growing in burned areas but none occurred in areas burned in 2019. Has the deepest purple flowers, small, and which stand out from the green of the rest of the plant.

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Paintbrush Lily Scadoxus puniceus

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 11, 2019 07:55 AM SAST

Description

The paintbrush lily always brightens up everything after the Highveld winters. Yes and we show and post them regularly. They were late in 2019 and then appeared in their hundreds covering large expanses of the shaded more thick dense areas in the bushveld...little pockets appearing almost leafless first out in open patches.. small but a real treat

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Common Cat's-Ear Hypochaeris radicata

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 11, 2019 01:24 PM SAST

Description

This was the biggest clump of H. radicata I have found and tallest. Often along roadsides, in usually disturbed areas. The bright yellow flower heads against the bright dark green stems is striking. Leaves, hairy in a basal rosette and quite deeply lobed and the lemon -yellow flowers are at the ends of quite long stems. Many flowers and buds

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Blacktea Gerbera Gerbera piloselloides

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 11, 2019 07:07 AM SAST

Description

Watched this stay the same size for weeks and then almost overnight sent up two erect stems from a rosette of leaves. Flower heads stayed closed for weeks and then one morning discovered they'd opened and blown. Photographed the blown one and then came early the next morning and was lucky to get the second flower opening. Was the first time I have managed to capture it in its stages

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Charm Trembletop Kohautia amatymbica

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 11, 2019 06:50 AM SAST

Description

Slender, delicate erect plant with flowers appearing in a terminal cluster and while they sort of look white are actually more cream and have a slightly waxy look. Underside of flowers are greeny-brown. Appear in clonal colonies in the grasslands and spread over a reasonably wide area.

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Blue Yawning Harlequin Eulophia hians var. hians

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 11, 2019 07:00 AM SAST

Description

Flowers pink to deep magenta coloured. Found in dense grassveld and surrounded by dwarf Ziziphus zeyherianna bushes acting almost like a security fence. Leaves hardly visible at time of flowering.

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Yellowheads Genus Lasiosiphon

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 11, 2019 07:09 AM SAST

Description

This is an area where each year this particular Lasiosiphon (Gnidia ) flowers, but this year it was a colourful display throughout this grassveld section. Many more plants were visible this year. They have flowered non-stop for over a month. The flower-head is a many-flowered terminal head. Flowers, lemon yellow.

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Hairy Curryflower Lasiosiphon sericocephalus

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 14, 2019 11:06 AM SAST

Description

Slender plant with erect stems. Flowers yellow and in stalked globose heads, surrounded by a ring of broad, sharply pointed, overlapping bracts. Found a clump in the freshly burned area. Exciting to find this Lasiosiphon (Gnidia) again. Last saw it in the grassveld about 3 years ago.

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Cape Hibiscus Hibiscus aethiopicus

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 18, 2019 08:26 AM SAST

Description

Low growing plant with pink flowers and a dark wine coloured centre. Leaves are dull green, oval with a blunt tip. Stems and leaves have bristly hairs covering them.

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

April 25, 2019 08:10 AM SAST

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What

Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

November 9, 2014 11:23 AM SAST

Description

An exotic but beautiful...

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 14, 2019 11:18 AM SAST

Description

Colourful splashes of bright pink appear in the newly burned area of grassveld. Flowers start flowering as the morning heats up and around midday are in full flower. Noted some plants have paler pink flowers. Leaves narrow with bristly hairs covering them

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What

Striped Painted Reedfrog Hyperolius marmoratus ssp. taeniatus

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 30, 2019 10:39 AM SAST

Description

Found this minute white frog with faint body markings and with brilliant orange inner limbs and suckers sitting on the branch of a small ziziphus bush. It was no bigger than my thumb nail

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 30, 2019 10:29 AM SAST

Description

First time I've found this pale yellow gazania. Was growing in one of last years burn area.

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Gaudy Grasshoppers Family Pyrgomorphidae

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 30, 2019 10:20 AM SAST

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Cats Whiskers Ocimum obovatum

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 30, 2019 10:25 AM SAST

Description

Hairy plant with large flowers with prominent lips, and a purple tinged calyx and long, twisted and protruding stamens which account for certain of the species common names. Appeared in areas from this years burn and last years.

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Arrow Bindweed Convolvulus sagittatus

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 23, 2019 09:36 AM SAST

Description

This small white flowering plant with trailing stems,are easily noticeable now that the grassveld I find it in has been burned. When the grasses are tall this little plant can almost be lost. The leaves are distinctly divided and hairy.

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Cape Hibiscus Hibiscus aethiopicus

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 23, 2019 09:27 AM SAST

Description

Found several of the yellow flowering H. aethiopicus species. Notice them flowering around midday. Very delicate yellow flowers. Leaves and stems are hairy.

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What

White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 10, 2019 05:50 AM SAST

Description

The little white-throated swallow seemed to have some nesting material which he dropped and then began uttering sharp twittering calls.

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Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 10, 2019 05:35 AM SAST

Description

Coot are amazing parents. Watching this little family the father had a couple that he fed while the mother had one baby that appeared much smaller than the other babies and she fed him far more and really paid him a lot of attention. Watched them actually copying what soft plant material the parent collected and they tried pulling away little bits.

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

October 5, 2018 09:10 AM SAST

Description

Appeared really early after this grassveld area was burned. Many clumps cover the freshly burned area. The male plants seem to appear earlier than the female plants. They have erect stems and flower heads are brick red, tufted, with many bright green narrow serrated leaves. Plants grow reasonably flat along the ground and are visited by loads of bees.

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 2, 2019 11:17 AM SAST

Description

Flowering following the recent burn in a grassveld section

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 2, 2019 11:15 AM SAST

Description

Appeared in recently burned areas

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 3, 2019 11:11 AM SAST

Description

A small brown, grasshopper which blends into its dry surrounds

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What

South African Wild Pear Dombeya rotundifolia

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 3, 2019 11:10 AM SAST

Description

This year the younger dombeya trees flowering in the grassveld areas were just a profusion of flowers while the large more established trees had next to no flowers

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Grassveld Lionface Nemesia fruticans

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 2, 2019 11:07 AM SAST

Description

Resemble miniature snapdragon flowers, with two lips and a spur. Flowers are a pale pink colour with bright yellow protuberances in the throat.

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 10, 2019 10:14 AM SAST

Description

Yellow daisy-like plant about half meter high. Flowers small, with leaves heavily serrated, lobed or toothed. Flowers are solitary at ends of leafless stalks. Has sticky hairs and sticky to the touch and has a light citrus smell when leaves are rubbed in ones hands. Appeared soon after burn.

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Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

September 10, 2019 10:09 AM SAST

Description

Growing in a recently burned grassveld area. Very brown, papery and when opened gave off a puff of dusty particles.

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What

African Lettuce Lactuca inermis

Observer

fayneconnelly

Date

November 8, 2019 07:50 AM SAST

Description

Found small clumps of this low growing, sparsely branched plant in the recently burned grassveld. Flower heads white. A delicate blue-grey plant with leaves mostly on lower section of stems.

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