On the Dark Side: Royal Natal National Park
I shall add the name later (Thank you Ernie for saving me time!)--but what it basically is is a Bluet--very similar in morphology to our native American ones, although classed in a different genus. The parallels are almost as striking as the contrasts to our North American flora.
Looking suspiciously like Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus), but Ernie Demarie has persuaded me it's Desmodium repandum, a stunning little woodland bean relative native to Southern Africa.
|Barbara Young photographing her favorite!|
A very strange and uncharacteristic orchid, probably Disperis wealii (although there are many in the genus here that are similar).
This has to be a crassula, although I can't find any in the picture books that look even vaguely like it.
One of my favorite ferns,Gleichenia umbraculifera makes masses of forking fronds along the road. Although related ferns occur in tropical and subtropical regions, this is the Southern African specialty in the genus.
|Pteris cretica v.|
In addition to having hundreds of orchids, the fern flora of the Drakensberg is vast and multifarious. I've never seen this giant shield fern here before, at least I THINK it's a Dryopteris.
|Nancy Schotters next to Podocarp|
|More ferns and Phaseolus: unlikely combo|
Fuzzy closeup of an Asclepiad (Schizoglossum atropurpureum) we saw many places around the Drakensberg. The family is so diverse and glorious in this region--wish more were cultivated!
|Same from further away...|
The waterfalls and streams of the Drakensberg are myriad--and always beautiful. No two are the same.
|Female imbabala or bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus)|
|imbabala or bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus) with fawn.|
|But we did not see any Dassies on the road despite the sign!|
|Two for one...|