Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Spring has sprung

Today is Spring Day here in South Africa and I want to celebrate the arrival of this beautiful season with a flowery post.


We recently spent the day in the Gamtoos Valley and I found these flowering succulents just below the Kouga Dam wall which can be seen in the background. The sun was kinda in the wrong spot, but putting the sun behind me wouldn't have made sense as you wouldn't be able to see the dam. Plus the view the other way wasn't that good. Anyway, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy Spring and have a stunning day. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I know you are glaring at the screen. So to you I want to say, "Go outside and enjoy what is left of Summer cause Winter has packed up down here and is heading your way."
Firefly note: Caroline is the Editor of Veld & Flora, the journal of the Botanical Society of South Africa, and a regular visitor to this here blog. She sent me some info on the flowering succulent in question.
"The succulent is BRYOPHYLLUM delagoense (Chandelier plant) Previously known as KALANCHOE tubiflora. Erect growing succulent. Cylindrical grey leaves with prominent darker mottling. Bears tubular orange flowers in clusters in winter. Produces offsets (plantlets) on the tips every leaf as well as many seedlings. Rapidly forms dense clumps in ideal conditions, invades hot, dry areas in the savannah regions of Northern Province, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. Originates from Madagascar. "

7 comments:

  1. The flowers are stunning. Happy Spring to you Jonker. I can only hope our winter is as mild as yours was.

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  2. How lucky are you that its Spring!!!

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  3. LOL!! I am not sure if our nothern friends are going to love you for that reminder Jonker. :) I am so pleased his day has arrived and we can look forward to rain again.

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  4. The Eastern Cape does it again. What a spectacular show.

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  5. I once was told that these pretty flowers are alien to SA - I forget their name but they are most unwelcome and classified as invasive weeds in summer rainfall areas.

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  6. I have a name now - they are BRYOPHYLLUM delagoense (Chandelier plant) Previously known as KALANCHOE tubiflora. Erect growing succulent. Cylindrical grey leaves with prominent darker mottling. Bears tubular orange flowers in clusters in winter. Produces offsets (plantlets) on the tips every leaf as well as many seedlings. Rapidly forms dense clumps in ideal conditions, invades hot, dry areas in the savannah regions of Northern Province, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. Originates from Madagascar.

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  7. Spring! No way!! We are just entering fall here on the top side! :-) We had our first real rain in a couple months 2 days ago but today is hot again. (Though a cooling trend is forecast.)

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