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Gladiolus longicollis, Androcymbium striatum, Ornithogalum graminifolium

Gladiolus longicollis, Androcymbium striatum, Ornithogalum graminifolium

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.

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Felicia drakensbergensis

Felicia drakensbergensis

Description

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?

Felicia drakensbergensis with its distinctive blue flowers
Felicia drakensbergensis - Photo by Dr. Andreas Gröger

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Fire heath (Erica cerinthoides)

Fire heath (Erica cerinthoides)

Fire heath or Rooihartjie
Erica cerinthoides - Photo by Marie Viljoen

Introduction:

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.

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Saniella verna

Saniella verna

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.

Introduction:

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.

Description:

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.

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