For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wild Poppy (Papaver aculeatum)

Family Papaveraceae
I found some wild poppies growing near Magaliesburg and although I knew they existed, I had not seen them before.
 The stem is very thorny and what leaves they have, mostly grow flat on the ground.
The flower comes in only this orange colour and is much like the ones we have in the garden.
It occurs in grassland and karroid shrubland, often in disturbed places.
 A biographical enigma in being the only member of Papaver indigenous to the southern hemisphere.
 It is also peculiar in that plants may suddenly appear in a particular season, only to vanish without a trace in subsequent years.
Info: Wild Flowers of South Africa (Braam van Wyk)