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By: eiguoc (offline) on Thursday, July 22 2010 @ 04:36 PM EDT  
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Wild Hibiscus
Hibiscus Engleri

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Written Data from Wile1 at old forum :The Wild Hibiscus is one of several yellow-flowered hibiscus typified by 5 large petals and branched style. These plants are slender shrubs or small trees with rough leaves and branches. The leaves are usually lobed with tooth margins and are covered with rough, star-shaped hairs. The large cup-shaped flowers are scattered along the branches on thin stalks. They are often yellow with a dark eye; the flowers are very delicate and last only a day before wilting; fresh ones open each morning. The stamens and stigmas are joined to form a conspicuous stalk in the centre of the flower.
The Hibiscus is related to the cotton plant and the seeds of some species also have a tuft of silky hairs like cotton. Some of these Hibiscus plants are invasive weeds from other countries. The pink coloured species is also common in the Park.


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By: eiguoc (offline) on Thursday, July 22 2010 @ 04:43 PM EDT  
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Buffalo Thorn
Ziziphus mucronata
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The bright shiny dark green leaves of the Buffalo thorn give it a distinctive appearance ... the seeds can be roasted, ground and made into a “bush coffee”!

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http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantwxyz/zizimucro.htm

http://home.intekom.com/ecotravel/plant ... -thorn.htm


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By: eiguoc (offline) on Thursday, July 22 2010 @ 05:07 PM EDT  
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Wild clematis
Clematis brachiata Thunb

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Clematis brachiata is a deciduous climber or scrambler that can reach up to 5m. It has slender, twining woody stems and bears masses of small, sweetly scented, creamy white flowers in late summer and autumn (February to May).

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By: eiguoc (offline) on Thursday, July 22 2010 @ 05:20 PM EDT  
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African sausage tree blossom
Kigelia pinnata

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The sausage tree of sub-Saharan Africa is beautiful in flower. The blood-red to maroon flowers hang in long panicles. The fragrance of the flower is not pleasing to humans but attracts the dwarf epauleted bat (Micropteropus pusillus), its pollinator. As the flowers drop from the tree, animals come to feed on the nectar-rich blooms. Impala, duiker, baboons, bush pigs, and lovebirds all feed on the flowers of the Sausage tree.
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By: eiguoc (offline) on Thursday, July 22 2010 @ 05:32 PM EDT  
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Scarlet pimpernel
Anagallis arvensis

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Plant Description
Square stemmed annual, but occasionally perennial plant with prostrate, sprawling or erect hairless stems reaching 6 – 30 cm tall. The oval to heart shaped leaves have tiny black dots or glands on the underside. Single, red-orange flowers are produced June to October, but occasionally blue ones are seen and more rarely pink to white. Also known as Poor Man's Weather-glass because the flowers close in bad weather.

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By: eiguoc (offline) on Thursday, July 22 2010 @ 05:35 PM EDT  
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Weeping Wattle
Peltophorum africanum

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Written Data from Wile1 old forum

This tree is a small to medium sized tree of 5 - 10 m in height, and grows most essfully in medium to low altitudes in wooded grassland and on well-drained and sandy soils.
The tree has striking, dull green, large Acacia-like, soft feathery, silver-grey leaves, and have no thorns.The mature leaves, at the tips of the branches, are often yellowish in colour. The bark of older trees is dark grey-brown with shallow grooves.
The flowers have bright yellow, crinkled petals, all floral parts in fives. In summer, abundant, pea-like, yellow flowers among the large, feathery leaves are characteristic.
Fruit pods can be seen on the tree for most of the year
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By: eiguoc (offline) on Friday, July 23 2010 @ 08:04 AM EDT  
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Jackalberry tree
Diospyros mespiliformus

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The Jackalberry tree can grow very tall, up to 80 feet, with a trunk circumference of 16 feet. The average tree only reaches heights of 15 to 18 feet. The bark is dark brown when young, turning dark grey as the tree matures. Young leaves and twigs are covered with downy hairs. As the tree gets older it will shed its leaves in early spring. New leaves will grow from June to October and be pinkish, orange or reddish in colour.
Jackalberry flowers are small and inconspicuous. The fragrant, white to pale cream hairy flowers are separate genders, growing on different trees. The females grow individually on a hairy stalk while the males grow in clusters. The fruit only grows on female trees. The fleshy fruit is oval, almost round in shape and about 1 inch in diameter and yellow or yellow-green in colour. When the Jackalberry fruit is fully ripe, it turns purple, but one hardly ever sees it this colour since it is eaten by various animals long before it can get that ripe.

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http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/jackalberry_tree.htm


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By: eiguoc (offline) on Friday, July 23 2010 @ 08:24 AM EDT  
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Leopard tree orchid
Ansellia Gigantea
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Written data by Wile from old foum
ronounciation: an-sell-i-ah
These stunning plants usually seen wedged into the forks of large trees or attached to the branches, occasionally they can be seen growing on rocks, or even terrestially

Flowers, which have a strong, pleasant glycerine-like scent. Also they are extremely variable in colour, usually having a yellow or greenish background that is variably marked with burgundy, brown, light brown, cream to no spots at all. These markings may be spots ranging in size from small to large, and in some forms the entire blossom may be almost dark brown. The initial flower spike on a new growth emerges from the tip of the pseudobulb, there after the flower spikes may be produced on the sides of the canes, lower down.

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