Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Umbrella Wildflower

Today I'm featuring one of my favorite wildflowers. Its English name is Umbrella and its Latin name is Monsonia speciosa. It belongs to the Geranium family. My friend Werner Voigt, manager at Cape Town's National Botanical Garden, describes them as a charismatic flower in the veld and a drought hardy plant. He collected seeds near us and sent them to Kew Gardens in the UK around 2013. Monsonia speciosa is listed as Endangered.

Most of the wildflowers are now fading, but I still have photos to share and will continue to do so. I also included two photos of a ground orchid, most of which have already turned brown.

All of these photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot. No filters were added.

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