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Autumn at the Karoo Desert NBG
This is the time of the year for the flowering of the amaryllid bulb (geophytes) species. These include such genera as: Strummaria, Hessea, Cyrtanthus, Amaryllis, Haemanthus, Brunsvigia, Boophone and Nerine.
They all have beautiful umbels with miniature star-like flowers in various colours. They are massed together in certain sections of the Garden giving a wonderful display of bright colour. The plants look like tumble weeds of various sizes when they have flowered.

Autumn is also the time of the year when the giant quiver trees (Aloe dichotoma) start flowing. They look spectacular in this barren landscape with their sculptured bark trunks and bright yellow flowers.

We have recently established a forest of quiver trees or kokerboom, as they are also called.

Veltheimia capensis
The heat of summer has now receded and autumn temperatures are a comfortable 25C - 30C. These are champagne days, when the air is crisp, the wind is infrequent, and one can feel winter approaching. Early showers can be expected during May.


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