|Rainfall is sparse in the Karoo, but that means|
fewer large shrubs and more space for spring
|Tourists can get close and personal with ostriches in |
|Ostrich chicks recently hatched in the|
The habitats here are diverse. There are mountains and plains, and wet spots in seeps and streambeds, so room for a great variety of plants.
|A species of the genus Babiana, probably either B. hypogea |
or B. sambucina, near Cango Caves.
Aptosimum procumbens is a creeping
plant of the snapdragon family,
with spectacular blue-purple blossoms.
|Aptosimum indivisum has a more compact growth form.|
|A species of Felicia in the sunflower family. The flowers of|
many species in this genus are blue to violet, adding a
distinctive splash of color to the spring landscape.
|In moist meadows, particularly in coastal|
areas one can find many wild gladioli.
This appears to be Gladiolus liliaceus.
Aspalathus is a genus in the legume family, and the source
of rooibos tea.
A shrubby, succulent species of the huge African genus Euphorbia. this appears
to be E. burmannia or possibly E. mauritanica
|One of many species of Erica occurs in the foothills along|
the south side of the Little Karoo.
|Moraea polystachya, a member of the|
Iris family, pokes up among shrubs.
Rhizogum obovatum is a spectacular flowering shrub
in the Karoo.
|Melianthus comosus grows along streams.|
|Oxalis obtusa pokes up from under a shrub.|
Known as a weed in the U.S., and occasionally
mistaken for clover or the Irish shamrock, this
genus has many beautiful species native to
|A bewildering array of yellow-flowered members |
of the Asteraceae fill the open spaces of South
Africa in the spring. This appears to be Gazania krebsiana.
|A group of tiny red sundews have sprouted up in a moist spot.|
|A great variety of species belonging to the|
succulent family Mesembryanthaceae add to the brilliance of
the spring flora.
|Erica cubica has interesting, bicolored|
|Aloe variegata is a compact triangular plant with|
|The dry karoo becomes a lush garden in the spring, with color here provided by|
several species of Erica, and an accent in the back by a large sedge.