West Coast National Park – Dream Root – 1

Description:

Silene undulata is a sticky, glandular, perennial herb up to 60 cm tall. The opposite spatula-shaped basal leaves are up to 15 cm long and the smaller lance-shaped leaves on the stem up to 8 cm long. The flowers at the tip of the stems are glandular and sticky. The spreading petals are white or pinkish. Anthers are on slender paired filaments. The narrow ovary is oblong-ovoid, 1-locular, on a hairy stalk up to 7·5 mm long; the styles, 1,5 cm long, are slender and papillate along one side. The capsule, up to 1.8 cm long, opens by recurved valves at the tip. Seeds are almost black and kidney-shaped with flattened sides.

The white, narrowly tubular flowers, with their nectar difficult to reach, develop their fragrance late in the day. All these characteristics are typical of flowers pollinated by night-flying insects with a long proboscis, such as hawk moths.

Habitat:

Silene undulata is native to the Eastern Cape, it is also found on damp slopes and flats in Southern and tropical Africa.

Some Interesting Information:

Plants have been used worldwide for thousands of years by diviners and shaman to induce states of lucid dreaming in order to receive divinatory messages. Such sacred plants are classified as oneirogens, from the Greek oneiros meaning dream, and gen meaning to create.

For amaXhosa people dreams are considered to be a means of direct communication between the living and the ancestors, and dreams are closely integrated into traditional healing practices. Good dreams are considered to be those directly connected with the ancestors while bad dreams as being sent by someone who wishes to harm the dreamer.

A number of plants, collectively called izilawu and singly as ubulawu, are used in various ways to facilitate communication with the ancestors (iminyanya – referred to as shades in early literature), most often but not exclusively, during religious rituals. Ritual purity is essential for communication with the ancestors and can be achieved by washing yourself with ubulawu plants. The foam-producing roots are crushed or grated, added to a billycan of cold water, and whisked rapidly using a forked stick that, according to custom is carved from a wild olive branch, until a head of frothy white foam is produced. Close attention is paid to the way the ubulawu foams. A lack of foam is interpreted as either incorrect timing for the ritual or the disapproval of the ancestors. This foam, called isilawu , is used as a face- and body-wash or ingested.

The word ubulawu derives from the verb ukulawula meaning (in everyday use) to give instructions, but in this sense ukulawula means to ‘tell of your dreams in which you have received instructions from the ancestors’. The word is believed to have come from the Khoekhoen word laula , meaning to apologize. The white color of isilawu is said to indicate that the medicine is clean and pure.

A number of anthropological studies have been undertaken towards a better understanding of the use of Silene undulata in the Eastern Cape.

Silene undulata is the most commonly used ubulawu plant in the Eastern Cape. The roots are harvested from wild populations and sold at informal street markets and iikemisti ( muthi shops). The trade of this species and many others has raised concern over their sustainable use and conservation status.

Dream Root, Silene undulata, West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Location: West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Date Taken: 2020-08-22
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm 3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Image Quality: RAW
  • F-Stop: f/7.1
  • Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-200
  • Focal Length: 190 mm
  • Metering Mode: Spot Metering
  • Handheld
  • Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Photographer: Coreen Kuhn
  • Information: PlantZAfrica.com

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Bontebok National Park ~ Landscapes #1

Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, South Africa
  • Location: Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, South Africa
  • Date Taken: 2020-01-23
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm 3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Image Quality: RAW
  • F-Stop: f/6.3
  • Exposure Time: 1/1600 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-250
  • Focal Length: 18 mm
  • Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
  • Tripod: None – Handheld

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Coreen

Squared: 27 September 2021

Tsaarbank, West Coast National Park, South Africa

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Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge: 1 September 2021 – Wit Magriet

Good day friends,

I hope that you all are still happy and healthy.

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

Wit Magriet, Postberg, West Coast National Park, South Africa ( 2015-08-22)

“Minds are like flowers, they open only when the time is right.” ~Stephen Richards

With all my heart, Thank You for your ongoing support and for taking the time to have a look at my post.

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Squared: 1 September 2021

African Black Oystercatcher, West Coast National Park, South Africa ( 2015-08-22)

“The square is not a subconscious form. It is the creation of intuitive reason. The face of the new art. The square is a living, regal infant. The first step of pure creation in art.” ~ Kazimir Malevich

Thank you very much for taking the time to have a look at my squared photo.

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

West Coast National Park: Birdlife ~ Hartlaub’s Gull #6

Hartlaubs Gulls in a field of wildflowers, Plankiesbaai, Postberg, West Coast National Park, South Africa
(2015-08-22)

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir

West Coast National Park: Birdlife ~ Greater Flamingo #6

Greater Flamingo, Seeberg Bird Hide, West Coast National Park, South Africa ( 2015-08-22)

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir

West Coast National Park: Birdlife ~ Greater Double-collared Sunbird #2

Greater Double-collared Sunbird, West Coast National Park, South Africa ( 2015-08-22)

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir

West Coast National Park: Cotula turbinata #2

Cotula turbinata, Postberg, West Coast National Park, South Africa (2015-08-22)

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir

West Coast National Park: Wildlife ~ Eland #1

Eland, Postberg, West Coast National Park, South Africa ( 2015-08-22)

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir

Throwback Thursday: 26 August 2021

Good day friends,

Today we go back to 12 September 2013 and continue our drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Oryx, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Oryx, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Oryx, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

West Coast National Park – Beautiful Landscapes #1

West Coast National Park, South Africa ( 2015-08-22)

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir

Throwback Thursday: 19 August 2021

Good day friends,

Today we go back to 12 September 2013 and continue our drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Blue Wildebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Blue Wildebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Blue Wildebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Blue Wildebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Blue Wildebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Oryx, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Oryx, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 12 August 2021

Good day,

Today we continue our drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Collective Nests, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Collective Nests, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Springbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 5 August 2021

Good day friends,

Today we go back to 12 September 2013 and continue our drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

We saw a herd of Blue Wildebeest fighting among each other. We stopped for a while so that I can get some action photos of the fighting.

We also saw some Ostriches. I love capturing Ostriches they are such funny birds.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a memory is priceless.” ~ Unknown

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 29 July 2021

Good day friends,

Today we continue our drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We saw a Black-backed Jackal, a Lonely Southern Oryx bull, a Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, A Giant Eagle-Owl, a Laughing dove and unknown bird. We have not even drove for 10 minutes when we saw our first sighting. The Giant Eagle Owl.

Giant Eagle-Owl
Giant Eagle-Owl
Giant Eagle-Owl
Black-backed Jackal,
Black-backed Jackal
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk,
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk,
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk,
Laughing Dove
Male Ostrich
Southern Oryx bull
Southern Oryx bull
Southern Oryx bull
Southern Oryx bull
Southern Oryx bull

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 22 July 2021

Good day,

Well, today we are going back to 12 September 2013 when we visited The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We got up just after 4:00am that morning and we left around 5:00am. It was about a 3 hour drive to the park from Upington. I did not know the road and I remember that it was very dark and cold that morning. We were so excited about our visit to the park that it felt like we were driving forever.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in southern Africa . The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks:

  1. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa
  2. Gemsbok National Park in Botswana

The total area of the park is 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi). Approximately three-quarters of the park lies in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa. Kgalagadi means “place of thirst.”  In December 2015, media reports claimed that rights for gas-fracking in more than half of the Botswana portion of the park had been sold. The Botswana government later refuted these reports.

The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert. The terrain consists of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, occasional trees, and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers. The rivers are said to flow only about once per century. However, water flows underground and provides life for grass and Camelthorn trees growing in the river beds. The rivers may flow briefly after large thunderstorms.

The park has abundant, varied wildlife. It is home to large mammalian predators such as Lions, Cheetahs, African Leopards, and Hyenas. Migratory herds of large herbivores such as Blue wildebeest, Springbok, Eland, and Red Hartebeest also live and move seasonally within the park, providing sustenance for the predators. More than 200 species of bird can be found in the park, including Vultures and raptors such as Eagles, Buzzards, and Secretary birds.

Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Doors to the Botswana side of the park. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

1 September 2020: It’s Springtime in South Africa

We had much more rain than the previous 3 years. The flowers are stunning this year. My fiance and I visited the West Coast National park on 22 August 2020 and I was very happy to see that this year the fields are much more colorful. In 2018 my dad and I went and it was mainly Yellow flowers…. This year there is all the colors of the rainbow…

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 1 July 2020