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Lizzie

Lizzie

Member since: 18 September 2014      Location: Pretoria
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Born: Eastern Transvaal. Worked @ Weather Bureau - Weather Technician and Forecaster. Visited Marion Island, Prince Edward island to install automatic weather stations.

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Netted Stinkhorn
Phallus duplicatus
Fungi
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Marié
Marié commented:

Truly a magical find! I've fixed the image rotation issue. :-)

Lizzie
Lizzie commented:

Is there a way that one can rotate the photographs?

Veldie’s Lepidella
Amanita veldiei
Fungi
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Gerhard
Gerhard commented:

Incredible to see this. Thank you for posting it

Marié
Marié commented:

Wow Liz! That is awesome!!! What a great find. Thank you for sharing this unique observation with WhatSpecies.

Zebra
Equus quagga
Mammals
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commented:

This is one of my favourite animals!

Marié
Marié commented:

Beautiful picture of the Plains Zebra foal. Apparently the natal coat of a foal is brown and white. Good observation! :-)

Lizzie
Lizzie commented:

Is there an explanation for this colouring? Is this how they are suppose to look when still young?

Black Wildebeest
Connochaetes gnou
Mammals
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commented:

This is one of my favourite animals!

Marié
Marié commented:

Lovely picture Liz. The Black Wildebeest can be distinguished from the Blue Wildebeest by its characteristic white tail. They are indeed somewhat grotesque in appearance! :-)

Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Black Wildebeest
Scientific: Connochaetes gnou

Banded Groundling
Brachythemis leucosticta
Insects
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Marié
Marié commented:

Beautiful picture! ? Banded Groundlings remain inconspicuous while settled on the ground. When people or animals pass by, they spring into action, preying on insects disturbed in the process.

Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Banded Groundling (English), Gebande Gronwagtertjie
Scientific: Brachythemis leucosticta

Oxbane
Boophone disticha
Plants
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Marié
Marié commented:

Lovely pictures, Liz. It looks like 'Oxbane' / 'Seerooglelie' (Boophone disticha) in the Amaryllis family. When dry, the fruiting head breaks loose and becomes a large tumbling weed blowing in the wind. Apparently the plant sap is toxic and was used by the San to prepare poison for their arrows.

Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Oxbane (English), Seerooglelie (Afrikaans), inCwadi (Xhosa, Zulu)
Scientific: Boophone disticha

Bobbejaantjie
Babiana stricta
Plants
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Marié
Marié commented:

The leaves and opened flowers lead me to think it belongs to the Genus Babiana. Perhaps Babiana stricta. It is a small, indigenous bulb with star-shaped flowers in a wide range of colours - often blue. Flowers are fragrant. The name is derived from 'bobbejaan' (Afrikaans for baboon), because baboons dig out the bulbs for food. They are easily recognised by their strong, ribbed leaves.

Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Bobbejaantjie
Scientific: Babiana stricta
Notes: Not 100% sure.

Raasblaar
Combretum zeyheri
Plants
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Dok Tor
Dok Tor suggested a new ID:

Common: Raasblaar, Large-fruited Bus Willow
Scientific: Combretum zeyheri
Notes: http://www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/sanbi/Combretum%20zeyheri

Dok Tor
Dok Tor commented:

Not Combretum mkuzense, which is a scarce and localised species and not found as a street plant in Hatfield, Pretoria.

Broad-leaved Koral Tree
Erythrina latissima
Plants
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Marié
Marié commented:

Liz, I've done that for you. We will try to resolve the editing issue you are experiencing. Also, please know that the new WhatSpecies platform is being tested as we speak... we're almost ready! ?

Lizzie
Lizzie commented:

Marie, I made a spelling mistake with the name, but aren't able to edit the observation, can you fix it for me please?

Lizzie
Lizzie commented:

Posting...

Red-leaved Fig
Ficus ingens
Plants
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Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Red-leaved Fig, Rooiblaarvy
Scientific: Ficus ingens
Notes: Their bark is greyish and fairly smooth; Young spring leaves are bronze-red; 5-8 veins on both sides of midrib; Lower pair of veins branch into sub-lateral veins.

Marié
Marié commented:

Beautiful tree. Thank you for sharing Liz! I am not 100% sure, but have suggested an ID.

Peeling Plane
Ochna pulchra
Plants
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Lizzie
Lizzie commented:

Interesting,I often sit under it and always wondered about it. Thanks Marie.

Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Peeling Plane / Lekkerbreek
Scientific: Ochna pulchra
Notes: Apparently the oil of the seed has an unpleasant fragrance - could explain the number of insects attracted to it.

Marié
Marié commented:

Fascinating tree. Thank you for the detailed pictures Liz - along with the description it definitely helps with identifying the tree - have a look at the suggested an ID. :-)

Purple-Crested Lourie
Tauraco porphyreolophus
Birds
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Marié
Marié commented:

Lizzie - when you open any of your own observations, an orange "Edit Observation" button should appear in the top left corner, below the WhatSpecies logo. Clicking on that should enable you to edit your own observations. Can you find it?

Lizzie
Lizzie commented:

For some reason I cannot edit my observations. Marie help!