January 25, 2022


Selago thomii
Detailed picture see:-

Notes from Dave:-https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/102340245
Long crowded spike
Long acute bracts
Leaves adpressed becoming slightly spreading

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November 26, 2021


Senecio: involucre bracts: ONE series, long; with a few smaller outer (calyculus or epicalyx = resembling an extra calyx arising at the base of the calyx)) bracts below.

Senecio leptophyllus (fineleaf senecio)
Plant = willowy growth.
Flower woolly under, few heads – around 3 per branch/ discoid. Bracts with dark point.
Small linear slight woolly leaf , with 2/4 smaller leaves – axillary tufts.
Leafy below – leaves may be eared below.
Seen nvB Zebrafontein

Senecio pinifolius Pineleaf Ragwort

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Athanasia linifolia

Tall plants (>0.6m); few, large urceolate (urn shaped) heads with broad bracts with darker central portion; long leafed garden route form

Heads look too big and urceolate, and bracts wrong for filiformis - more like linifolia.

Athanasia filiformis

Athanasia viridis

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October 01, 2021

Agathosma willowy at Doringrivier

email comment From Dave Underwood
"I think Mr Bean found your Agathosma in 1957 - north side of Outeniqua - near Moeras Rivier.
See diagram below. Check those super hairy refolded twisted leaves.
Unfortunately no drawing of flowers to see those characteristic long floppy peduncles.
So I’m guessing this was never described. As far as I know - no one has added officially to Aggies since Neville ‘NP’ Pillans. "

Sent to Dave Sept 2021:-
Re Agathosma – I have 2 samples collected by HAT Tony.

Seen a similar one in Doringrivier WEST( access via Zebra farms).
Doringrivier West – in valley – about 1 hour plus on an old track from where we leave cars. Tony can access via a farm/ needs permission! He has offered to take Outramps up there – so far no date set.


Second one seen “OUD peak 39” – this one access not too difficult. Apparently up a ridgeline from the normal Doringrivier jeep track. Roughly soon after the pool, walking west. The ridgeline- very bushy, rocky – however doable! – about 1 hour up, maybe less. Tony says there were quite a few plants in both locations.

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September 27, 2021

Mini Water Lobelias Section Mezleriopsis

Mini water Lobelia
Table Mountain Lobelia (Lobelia eckloniana)
De Waal Hugo from iNat- studying these??

See Mezleriopsis

Observations in Cananda iNat!

Are the small pink Lobelias/ grass like seen in damp areas of Outeniquas and placed provisionally in Water lobelia (Grammatotheca) group possibly in this group???

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September 21, 2021

September 07, 2021

Lobelia triplets!! the 3 that share almost the same flowers! Some observation links.

Lobelia coronopifolia,
Lobeleia chamaepitys
lobelia tomentosa
Added 8 Sept 2021

Other variants according to iNat included under Lobelia tementosa are;-

Other Names: Hairy Lobelia = , Lobelia caerulea, Lobelia caerulea caerulea, Lobelia caerulea macularis, Lobelia coronopifolia caerulea, Lobelia coronopifolia macularis

Visiting the top of the Montagu pass in Dec 2020, and again in Jan 2020 around the top and further north to North station . I noticed, the area seems to have the 2 types of l. tomentosa overlapping here.
Dec 2020 Nicky on Montague Pass / incorrect. Probably closest to coronopifolia / or one of the L. .tomentosa variants..

same location :-
Dec 2020 Evie /hopefully correct L.tomentosa

same location
May 2020 – difficult to ID from Photos – looks taller and spreading, probably also L. coronopifolia


further north into Camfers Kloof track:-
May 2021 probably L. tomentosa/ has correct features/ notice rolled almost succulent like leaf.
Camfers North Ridge ;-
27 may 2020 -L tomentosa

Outeniqua range- North side
Need to explore more areas.
At Louvain
Probably l. coronopifolia ( or a variant)

The South - of the Outeniqua and Langeberg Ranges.

Mosselbay area and Attakwas Kloof, Cloetes Pass..
It seems these are L. coronopifolia / or the variant included in l. tomentosa.
Alwyndal fire servitude called l. tomentosa – ?? closer to L. coronopifolia

Near Heidelberg.
Leaves look more like L. chamaepitys. More open, dentate, and separated on woolly stem
Flower picture not clear., probably hairless on corolla.
?? Size
Probably l. chamaepitys https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/90879196

Agullhas plain - All seem to be Lobelia tomentosa as descibed by JM in "Fynbos guide" .eg
Cape infanta -see probably tomentosa :-

Allthough this next one not showing hairiness on corolla.:-


Garden Route
These are far closer to l. coronopifolia and are probably the variant included under L. tomentosa known as ;-
Lobelia coronopifolia var caerulea

one the other 5 vairants such as L. caerulea included under l. tomentosa.

Knysna Area :-

Garden Route Dam

Plettenberg Bay

Outeniqua South slopes to approx600m

Klein Karoo
All seem to be L. tomentosa (according to JM description in "Fieldguide to Fynbos")





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August 25, 2021

Lobelia chamaepitys

chris_whitehouse suggested an ID*
Lobelia chamaepitys
Lobelia chamaepitys
Flatpine Lobelia

  • chris_whitehouse disagrees this is Lobelia coronopifolia Crownleaf Lobelia
    dippidydot commented
    It does not have the pine leaves, so definitely not this one

chris_whitehouse commented
Ignore the name - it is nothing to do with pine trees but with looking similar to Ajuga chamaepitys, the Ground Pine of Europe.
L. chamaepitys and L. coronopifolia are very similar species with almost identical leaves and very similar flowers. L. chamaepitys has the leaves on a distinct stem with the stem visible between each leaf (as here), often more greyish in their hairs too. L. coronopifolia has the leaves clustered at ground level, without a distinct stem visible between the leaves. L. chamaepitys, the outer lobes of the flower are more spreading, whereas L. coronopifolia the lobes all point more or less forwards.

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August 05, 2021

Sensitive species.: HOW TO DEAL WITH.

Sensitive Species 2021

iNaturalist has updated its security features around obscured data. This makes is much more difficult to access locality data for these observations.
But you also need to do your bit to help keep data secure:

  1. Be aware of the order that you add your data onto iNaturalist:
    • On the upload tool, add sensitive species in a separate batch to common species
    • In the field allocate sensitive species to a recorder and let other users add the ordinary species.

  2. Beware of any notes or comments that expose details of locality, or sequence of observations.
    • Put all the locality information in the Location Notes: they will be obscured there and available to those you trust

  3. Keep habitat and habit shots tight so that photos don’t reveal the locality.
    • Use more common species for your spectacular scenery shots.

  4. Be careful of tabs, and special fields that you add to your photo exif data.
    • iNat obscures locality and time information in the exif, but cannot deal with special fields and tabs.
    These additional precautions will help keep Sensitive Species safe.
    Posted by tonyrebelo, August 04, 2021 09:58 PM

Q? Can I have a list of Sensitive Species so I can take special precautions? (such as uploading separate lists)
!A The list of Sensitive Species is sensitive too. Use your common sense. Collectors want things that are
very rare,
old - or take a long time to grow,
are not easy to mass produce by seeds or cuttings,
that are easy to smuggle or transport, and
can be stored for some time.

Bulbs and succulents are top contenders.
If a species is not on the Sensitive Species list (i.e. iNaturalist does not automatically obscure it) and you feel strongly that it should be, please contact your CREW officer. Likewise, if you feel a species that is obscured, should not be, please tell us.
Note that the iNaturalist obscuration is very effective. Dont worry about the odd observation slipping through your guard: iNaturalist will catch these.
Posted by tonyrebelo about 17 hours ago

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