Μάιος 02, 2024

Searsia pterota & Searsia longispina

R.O. Moffett, 1994, Rhus longispina and Rhus pterota, two hitherto confused South African shrubs,South African Journal of Botany, 60, 43-49, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0254-6299(16)30659-7

Comparison of diagnostic characters of Rhus longispina and R. pterota

R.l - Oblate, ellipsoid 3.5 X 2.3 - 6.8 X 4.7 mm, chestnutbrown, drying dark brown; resinous juice and dry drupes, astringent but palatable
R.p - Elliptic, ellipsoid 5.6 X 4.3 - 6.4 X 4.9 mm, slightly asymmetric, dark reddish brown, drying black; resinous juice and dry drupes pungent, distinctly unpalatable leaving a burning sensation in the mouth
R.l - New growth glabrous, shiny
R.p - New growth russet, glandular
R.l - Petioles semiterete, occasionally margined; leaflets olive-green above, slightly paler below, often laccate; apex often emarginate
R.p - Petiole flattened, distinctly winged; leaflets dull grey-green above, slightly paler below, never laccate; apex never emarginate
R.l - Secondary veins impressed, not prominent
R.p - Secondary veins prominent above, duJ! yellow, divided towards margin, often somewhat reversed
R.l - When mature, large rounded shrubs up to 4 m high
R.p - When mature, somewhat untidy squarrose shrubs up to 2 m high
R.l - Axillary and terminal, latter prominently exposed
R.p -Fasciculate, not prominently exposed
R.l - Pale grey-brown to duJ! yeJ!owish on younger branches, granular to slightly striate
R.p - Grey, granular often lichen-covered
R.l - Occurs on diverse substrates near the coast and Karoo
R.p - Occurs on calcareous substrates
R.l - Widespread near the coast and in the Little and Great Karoo
R.p - along the coast and adjacent interior

Posted by tonyrebelo 13 days ago (Flag)

Summary as per Tony Rebelo on Searsis Project Journal in comments:
Posted by tonyrebelo 13 days ago

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Νοέμβριος 10, 2023

Species description: Euchaetis albertiniana & Euchaetis burchellii

SA Journal of Botany
Studies in the Genera of the Diosmeae (Rutaceae): 10
.......Full reference to follow......

Euchaetis albertiniana

  1. Euchaetis albertiniana Williams in J1 S. Afr. Bot. 41 (3): 167 (1975). Type:
    CAPE 3421-(Riversdale): Near Askop on south side of road 16 km west of
    Albertinia (-AB), 180 m alt., 2/3/1974, Williams 1879 (NBG, holotype; K, PRE,
    STE, isotypes).

Euchaetis albertiniana is recognised as distinct from E. burchellii Dümmer in
that it is destroyed by fires whereas E. burchellii develops a stout rootstock from
which it may regenerate after fires - a character seldom noted on herbarium
sheets. However, the leaves in E. albertiniana are often adpressed, ciliolate with
an apical callus, whereas those of E. burchellii are never so. The anther in E.
albertiniana possesses a small pointed gland, but that of E. burchelli is minute
E. albertiniana differs frọm E. laevigata Turcz. which has leaves complicate
orbicular, spreading and somewhat more recurved towards the apex with the
apical gland on the anther minute as in E. burchelli, E. albertiniana is found in
the vicinity of Albertinia. E. burchelli is more widespread being found in sandy
soil from beyond Great Brak River in the east to Uilenkraal River near Gans
baai in the west.

Euchaetis burchellii

  1. Euchaetis burchellii Dümmer in Kew Bull.: 90 (1912)
    Type: CAPE--3422 (Mossel Bay): sandy hills near the landing place, Mossel
    Bay (on shrubby sandy dry hills close to our station near landing place Mossel Bay), 18/10/1814, Burchell 6239 (K, holotype).

Shrubs to 1 m tall forming a dense bush with many stems arising from a stout rootstock. Branches short, fairly erect, bark scaly and rough. Branchlets numerous, slender, very short, puberulous, well-clothed with leaves. Leaves to 4,5 mm long, 1,5 mm broad, lanceolate, obtuse without any mucro, sub-trigonal, glabrous, eciliate, sessile, opposite, erect, sub-imbricate, decussate, about twice times longer than the internodes. Inflorescence terminal, usually twin, white or pink. Bract one to each flower, 1,9 mm long, 1,3 mm broad, ovate, obtuse, glabrous, thickened toward the apex, sessile, very sparsely ciliate, midrib 1-2 gland-dotted. Bracteoles two, 1,6mm long, 0,8 mm broad, elliptic, obtuse, glabrous, apex thickened; margins broadly translucent, ciliolate. Calyx lobes five, 2mm long, 1,5-2 mm broad, roughly orbicular, glabrous; apex blunt, trigonal, green; margins broadly translucent, ciliolate. Petals 3.7- 4 mm long, 2,5 mm broad; limb orbicular, 1-2 gland-dotted; claw transversely bearded, midrib pubescent, margins ciliate. Staminodes vestigial, 0,15 mm long, 0,1 mm diam. Filaments 5, 1,3 mm long, pale, acicular. Anthers five, 0,6 mm long, wine-coloured; apical gland minute. Pollen 52 micron long, 32 micron broad, ellipsoid with three longitudinal grooves. Disc closes over the ovary at first. Stigma 0,5 mm diam., globose, capitate. Style becoming 1,5 mm long, erect, persisting. Ovary 5-carpellate, 0,7 mm diam., with a few hairs at the sides towards the apex of each segment. Fruit 5-carpellate, 6 mm long overall, glabrous, gland-dotted; horns 1,2 mm long, clasping a gland at the tip. Seed 4,2 – 4,8 mm long, 1,8-2 mm broad, black, shining; aril white.

Euchaetis burchellii is a lowland coastal species found growing in stabilised
wind-blown sand never very far from the sea, at altitudes of from 33 to 250
metres above sea level. Its geographical range extends from Herolds Bay near
George in the east to the Uilenkraals River near Gansbaai in the west, a dis-
tance of about 275 km.

It is a dense shrub with many stems arising from a stout rootstock, having
leaves lanceolate, obtuse, eciliate, without any apical callus and never adpressed.

It is perhaps closest to E. albertiniana Williams which however is a fairly
diffuse shrub, single-stemmed at base with leaves sometimes adpressed and with
a small apical callus. It differs from E. laevigata Turcz. which has leaves sub-
complicate, orbicular and spreading and is found growing upon limestone to the
east of Bredasdorp

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Δεκέμβριος 23, 2020


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Δεκέμβριος 17, 2020

Νοέμβριος 12, 2020

Μάρτιος 01, 2020

Σεπτέμβριος 20, 2019

Kleinmond: 1) Red List Spp 2) 3S Ridge - species of interest

Outramps CREW, 9-13 Sept 2019

1) Red Listed spp.


Osmitopsis parvifolia Rare
Metalasia lichtensteinii Rare


Liparia angustifolia EN
Cyclopia genistoides NT
Ampithalea tomentosa NT


Nivenia stokoei Rare


Sonderothamnus petraeus Rare


Adenandra villosa * depens which


Gnidia penicillata NT
Gnidia humilis EN


Lachnaea densiflora NT white and pink form


Erica patersonii EN
Erica sp.1 Rod’s Trail
Erica sp.2 Rod's trail
Erica sp.3 Three Sisters


Protea angustata NT
Protea longifolia VU
Protea compacta NT
Protea scabra NT

Ls concocarpodendron EN/NT depends subsp*.

Ls cordifolium NT
Ls prostratum VU

Aulax umbellata NT and of interest the A umbellata x A cancellata intermediate plants

Serruria adscendens/rubricaulis NT
Serruria elongata NT

Mimetes hirtus VU

Diastella fraterna Rare

Spatella racemosa NT
Paranomus sceptrum-gustavianus NT

2) Plants of interest: 3S Ridge
Phylica humilis
Protea longifolia
Erica cristata
Erica holosericea
Liparia vestita
Osmitopsis parvifolia
Spatalla sp.
Metalasia lichtensteinii
Nivenia stokoei
Adenandra villosa

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Αύγουστος 13, 2019

cf 'Crassula rupestris' - Jelly Bean

Crassula rupestris & jelly bean 10 Sept 2015 sandraf Matjiesvlei

jelly bean 10 Sept 2015 sandraf Matjiesvlei

jelly bean10 Sept 2015 sandraf Matjiesvlei

jelly bean 12 Feb lip4lora betw Ashton&Robertson


Jelly bean 4Aug2018 waker NE Ashton, N mountain range

Jelly bean 26Apr2019 sandraf Tierkloof, Gamkaberg NR

Notes re Crassula rupestris: Mini Maxi and Jelly Bean

Recorded at Matjiesvlei, also at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve:

  1. A bigger a smaller version of classic C rupestris. They co-occur, although there could be a slight difference in preference when it comes to elevation. Both in image, first link above.
    2.Another plant is Crassula cf rupestris ‘Jelly Bean’. It also co-occurs with Mini and Maxi. It does not seem to fit into any of the three known subspecies of C. rupestris.

There was a bit of vindication for me when I discussed this with Louis Jordaan of Minwater. He has also noted Mini and Maxi and even had a photograph of a Jelly Bean on his tablet to show (GCBR Forum, Ladismith 26Feb2019).

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Ιούλιος 03, 2019

Pics in journo posts

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Μάρτιος 12, 2019

A bit from:

The Cloud
by Percy Byssche Shelley

I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain when with never a stain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I arise and unbuild it again.

(written late 1819, early 1820)

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