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 Wikipedia – the scientific name for Blackjacks is Bidens pilosa.
Here is a closeup. The focus isn’t quite right – it is just from my cellphone.
The blackjack is often found growing with khakibos (Alternanthera caracasana). If you rub the leaves of the khakibos between your fingers, it has a very strong, distinctive smell.
Khakibos and blackjacks 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 and blackjacks 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?
Update: It has just been pointed out to me that these are two different plants! I originally said they were the same. My mistake. Don’t go by the first images that pop up on Google… I went by a wrongly labeled image someone posted years ago. Thank you to Merle Louw.