And so the trip ends. Today it was just a question of
returning from Buffelskloof to the airport
in time to catch my evening flight home.
There was no great rush to the day but one never likes to leave catching
a flight to the last minute. John and
Sandie gave me a locality along the main road back to Johannesburg that they
had been told about for the unusual Kniphofia
typhoides. A poker with a tall thin spike of short black flowers that
make it look like a bulrush (Typha),
hence the name. Finding the locality
was easy, finding the plants was not - only Typha capensis appeared to
be present. However, driving on a bit
more I found something that looked very hopeful from the road.
Closer inspection unfortunately revealed that the tall thin
blackish spikes were actually old flower spikes. Still they might have been old flower spikes of K.
typhoides. That was until I
spotted a few flowers remaining on two old spikes. The flowers were clearly not K.
typhoides but appeared to belong to K.
ensifolia subsp. ensifolia and
thus the last poker I saw on my trip was the same as the first poker I had seen
back in Colesberg.
Either I had misinterpreted the locality, or the old flower spikes that had
previously been spotted from the road had been misinterpreted as K.
Plant of the day: On top of the Steenkampsberg there was
this beautiful patch of Crocosmia
paniculata. I had seen it the other day when we had been looking for K.
rigidifolia but drove back to Johannesburg via the same route as the
weather was better for photography.
Toilet of the day: I am not sure I have come across many
views from the men's urinals like this one, where you can see zebra, ostrich,
eland, buffalo and rhino, but at the Alzu
Service Station on the N4 you can stand and do just that. (In case you were
wondering, I took the photograph from outside the service station!)