This is an addition to my previous post. Quite a few people didn’t know what blackjacks were, and I wondered where else they can be found.
Compliments of Google – the scientific name is tagetes minuta, a member of the Marigold family.
Here is a closeup. The focus isn’t quite right – it is just from my cellphone.
The blackjack is the dried seeds of the khakibos. If you rub the leaves of the khakibos between your fingers, it has a very strong, distinctive smell.
Khakibos aren’t native to South Africa. During the second Anglo-Boer war (1899 to 1902) the British imported fodder for the horses from Argentina and the seeds for the khakibos were in the bales. The British soldiers wore khaki uniforms, so – khakibos – literally Khaki bush. Interestingly, the cosmos flower comes from the same source.
I would be interested to know if the khakibos is familiar to anyone else?