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I'm Principal Scientist for Botany at the RHS and work on the correct naming of plants and manage the RHS Herbarium. I am part of an expedition to South Africa this January to study Kniphofia and their natural hybrids.

South African flower quiz

Posted by Chris Whitehouse on 01 Feb 2012 at 09:43 AM

I hope you will forgive me if I keep this short after another long drive.  I also want to be a bit self-indulgent as my boys wanted to see what sort of car I was driving up all these mountains.  So here is a photo of my car on the descent from Naude's Nek pass.

Naude's Nek is the highest driveable pass in South Africa and highly recommended for any flower lovers, especially the eastern slopes as shown here.  But tonight to keep it short, I thought I would give you a test.  Here are twelve photographs of flowers I saw on Naude's Nek and here are the twelve names that belong to them; see if you can work out which is which.

Agapanthus campanulatus

Berkheya multijuga

Brunsvigia grandiflora

Crassula setulosa

Disa oreophila

Euphorbia clavarioides

Gladiolus oppositiflorus

Gladiolus saundersii

Holothrix scopularia

Romulea macowanii

Wurmbea elatior

Zaluzianskya microsiphon


Botany said:

Safely back home, it is now time to assess the expedition and write up the reports. A first assessment

on 19 Feb 2012 at 09:08 AM

Botany said:

This page is to act as a summary of my expedition to find Kniphofia , red hot pokers, with links through

on 24 Feb 2012 at 03:29 PM