Flowers of the Maloti Mountains, Lesotho

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Wainwright
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Flowers of the Maloti Mountains, Lesotho

Some flowers seen while travelling in the Lesotho mountains. I’m going to post the photos in installments starting with plants seen on the Mafika Lisiu Pass, 3090 m, and in the adjoining Bokong Nature Reserve, between 2500 and 3000 m. The underlying rock is basalt covered with a thin layer of fertile soil, seldom deeper than 50 cm.

1. Craterocapsa tarsodes
2. Felicia uliginosa
3. Helichrysum albo-brunneum
4. Helichrysum milfordiae
5. Helichrysum praecurrens
6. Oxalis depressa
7. Rhodohypoxis rubella
8. Dierama robustum
9. Bokong Nature Reserve

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1. & 2. Hirpicium armerioides
3. Romulea macowanii
4. Ursinia alpina
5. Ornithogalum paludosum
6. Zaluzianskya ovata
7. & 8. Mafika Lisiu Pass in summer
9. Mafika Lisiu Pass in winter

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

Hoy
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Beautiful scenery, Jenny!
Und suche schöne Pflanzen auch!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Howey
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I have enjoyed your lovely pics from Lesotho very much.  Oh, to grow flowers like that!  Especially the Zaluzianskya ovata - that's one I'll be checking the Seed Lists for.  Thanks for posting.  Fran

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Here's another Zaluzianskya, Fran - even better than Z. ovata!

These photos were taken from Moteng Pass (2820 m) in the north east to Letseng-la-Terae (3127 m) passing over Mahlasela Pass (3220 m) and Tlaeeng Pass (3270 m). This area is unfortunately overgrazed so the best botanizing areas are between the rocks where the sheep don’t graze as intensively, or in the fenced off area surrounding the Letseng Diamond Mine.

1. Zaluzianskya rubrostellata
2. Felicia drakensbergensis
3. Eucomis schjiffii
4. Androcymbium striatum
5. Geranium multisectum
6. Helichrysum marginatum
7. Helichrysum adenocarpon
8. Gladiolus longicollis
9. Tlaeeng Pass

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

Howey
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My picks this time are the two Helichrysums.  Have two pots of Androcymbium striata but am thinking they must take a few years to get to the flowering stage - are they liliaceae?  Seeing lovely pictures like yours is the next best thing to actually being there. Fran

Frances Howey, London, Ontario, Canada, USDA Zone 5b

Hoy
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I do agree!! The two Helichrysums are  Stars of the performance!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Androcymbiums are Colchicaceae, which used to belong to Liliaceae. I don't have any in culture so can't say how long they take to get to flowering size. Helichrysum adenocarpon is a lovely plant, particularly when it's not fully open and the pink bracts are visible.

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

RickR
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welcome to the forum, Jenny!  Wonderful photos and subjects.

Do the white bracts persist after blooming on the Androcymbium striatum?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Wainwright
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I'm fairly sure that the white bracts don't persist after flowering, Rick. The seed capsules are certainly difficult to find amongst all the grass in late summer.

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

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Spectacular images Jenny!  What time of the year were you there?  Must have been later than me (I was at the Sani pass late October) as I saw only a handful of alpines.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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