Tag Archive for Flower
Flower of the month (February 2012)
Disa cephalotes subsp. cephalotes
Maliba Lodge Mountain Lodge message:
Alpine plants in their environment can look spectacular, when we talk of alpine plants we do not mean the alpine plants found in the Alps, but those specialist species that grow above the tree line (alpine belt). Here much harsher living conditions prevail than in the valleys. Read more
Asteraceae – Daisy family
Felicia drakensbergensis is a domed shaped and grey leaved shrub. It grows to a height of 0.1-0.3meters, same behaviour with any other high altitude shrub species. Blue flowers about 5mm in diameter, 8-13 ray florets. Full bloom December – February. When in full flower, it completely covers the entire plant with flowers leaving the leaves and stems hidden from view.
DID YOU KNOW DAISY FAMILY IS THE BIGGEST PLANT FAMILY IN LESOTHO?
An indigenous garden is simply not complete without this little redhead (Morita-nkoe (Sesotho) or Rooihartjie (Afrikaans)) will light one corner in your garden. This plant does well in our cool grassland vegetation of Lesotho although care must be taken if planted in the garden as it is naturally growing on rocky sand stone cliffs. Read more
Name: Saniella – It is said to be named after the World Heritage site of Sani Pass situated in the Mokhotlong District of South Eastern Lesotho highlands.
The wetlands of the mountains of Lesotho are unique and has been suggested that they represent type of wetlands related to those of Europe and North America. They are freshwater wetlands. This is where you find a mosaic of species ranging from red, white, pink, yellow, blue, maroon and etc. When almost all the species have finished flowering, the little white and yellow throated beauties will always be found as the last offer for a flower hunter to enjoy.
It is a dwarf, white and yellow throated flower with deeply dissected petals .
Distribution and habitat:
It is mostly found at an altitude of approximately 3000 meters above sea level, specifically in the head water wetlands of Lesotho main river’s sources (Bokong, Malibamatso, Matsoku) in the North East of Lesotho which contribute into the massive must-see Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Katse dam.
Sesotho name: Khahla e nyenyane / Khahlana
Afrikaans name: Rooirivierlelie
Common name: Crimson Flag
Old name: Schizostylis coccinia Read more
On the spur of the moment we decided to start our year off somewhere beautiful and not sorting our house out at home as we had originally intended. A few Internet searches led us to the Maliba Lodge Website and we were sold. Seeing as this was a treat we decided to treat ourselves the whole way and book into the Mountain Lodge, even though the River Lodge looked as appealing. Read more
Family: Scrophulariaceae – Snapdragon family
Zaluzianskya – this herb is named after the botanist called Adam Zalusiansky von Zaluzian.
Rubrostellata – rubro meaning red and stellata meaning star.
It is an annual plant that grows in herbaceous form. It’s growing in high altitude basaltic soils. It has conspicuous hairs on the stems. Interestingly the flowers are bright yellow, inside and chocolate brown underneath, it is painted star red in the mouth. Read more
This unusual species was first described in 1972. It is a small aquatic located first from high altitude rock pools in Sehlabathebe National Park, in what was thought to be only a 3 hectare area. Since then discoveries have been made on the South African side where conditions exactly match the approximate altitude (2600m) and within a 10km radius.
Flowering in January, the flowers are borne on long slender strings, they are pure white little cups floating on the surface of water.
Distribution and habitat:
In Lesotho it is confined in the sandstone rock pools at an altitude range of 2400 – 3300 Meters above Sea Level. It is easily identified on the surface of the pools. It belongs to group of aquatic plants with special needs for propagation. It requires shallow water in the beginning of season and becomes deeper as the rainy season progresses and becomes shallower again as the dry season approaches.
In nature these kinds of plants grow in tarn that allows for seasonal drying, resulting in the seeds being able to settle at the bottom of pond and germinate when the time / conditions are ideal.
It is classified as a Critically Endangered plant species by the Southern African Red Data Lists. The Removal of plants and seeds for the National Park is highly prohibited.