Flower tour to Namaqua National Park in Namaqualand (South Africa)
4 September 2012
The desert in bloom gets just spectacular in Namaqua National Park, where billions of orange daisies classified as Osteospermum or Dimorphoteca are mixed with other flowers of different colors, to create an amazing scenery. It's unbelievable that just a few weeks later, with the arrival of the dry summer, everything will turn to brown and dusty.
The trip to Namaqualand continues bound for Namaqua National Park, one of the most spectacular place where to see flowers in South Africa. In the meanwhile, countryside crossed by the road, shows a flower parade of Dimorphoteca sinuata
growing under young acacias.
The flowers are everywhere there is a bit of soil to grow.
The quantity of flowers increases progressively as I get closer to Namaqua National Park. The flower tour to Namaqualand is getting to its best.
Namaqua National Park is located near the town of Kamieskroon in the heart of Namaqualand, and is classified as a protected area because it houses various species of animals and plants which can not be found in other parts of the world. A tour to Namaqua National Park at the end of the austral winter, allows us to appreciate a real flower show (not just "patches" of flowers) produced mainly from herbaceous annuals and perennials plants belonging to genus Osteospermum
. Here the flowers are not in a landscape, but they actually make THE landscape!
Picture of Namaqua National Park during the flowering season.
Photos of flowers. The landscape is dominated by vast meadows of orange daisies (Osteospermum hyoseroides
, classified by some authors as Dimorphoteca
Photos of flowers shaked by the wind. In order to ensure a better quality of the pollen, without dew or moisture, the flowers open only in the middle of the day and rotate toward the sun. The strong wind shakes them, sometimes violently, but this promotes the spread of pollen as long as the flowers are dry.
A field of orange daisies is backdrop for an Herrea elongata
, with its yellow flowers
Other pictures of desert in bloom.
Among the large expanses of flowering Dimorphoteca
), there are also other flowers of different colors, such as the yellow one on the right picture produced by Herrea elongata
, a succulent plant belonging to the family of Mesembryanthemaceae
Namaqualand photos. The color effect is becomes particularly pleasant when several species with flowers grow closely together in the same field.
Flowers of Gazania
, Felicia australis
and Gorteria diffusa
sharing the same small piece of land.
A rare Pelargonium
(geranium) endemic of Namaqualand
Yellow flowers from Mesembryathemaceae
family, oriented towards the sun. The name "mesembryanthemum" derives from Greek and means "flower of noon", indicating the feature of this flower to be open only during the central hours of the day.