Fauna and Flora Friday: 26 February 2021

Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos

Spiny shrubs, often sprawling, sometimes cobwebby. Leaves alternate, overlapping, small, with spiny or bristly margins and often spine-tipped. Flowerheads solitary and sessile, radiate, with 4 rows of stiff, hairless, often recurved involucre bracts with spiny margins, joined at the base. Ray florets sterile, 4-toothed, yellow. Disc florets fertile, deeply 5-lobbed; fruits oblong or ellipsoid, smooth, without a pappus. Coastal Bush in the extreme southwestern Cape.

Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos,Durbanville Nature Reserve
Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos,Durbanville Nature Reserve
Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos,Durbanville Nature Reserve
Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos,Durbanville Nature Reserve
Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos,Durbanville Nature Reserve
Cullumia squarrosa, Snake Thistle, Steekhaarbos,Durbanville Nature Reserve

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Write

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I hope you also learned something new today.

Have a fabulous day. Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

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