Star Flowers in the Northern Cape?

A little while back my wife and I made the trip to Papkuilsfontein near Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape. There is loads to do (bird-watching, hiking, trail running, swimming) or nothing. We opted for much of the latter but when we did there was a world of plant and animal life to explore. Parts of Papkuilsfontein have been managed as small flower reserves for many years and a 5km flower route has been established, which takes you through Renosterveld and some Fynbos. In the surrounding area there are four different soil types, supporting four different vegetation types, True Cape Fynbos, Renosterveld, shrub Karoo, and a  Dolerite sill. Papkuilsfontein is amazingly biodiverse with at least 1,350 floral species on the Bokkeveld Plateau, 80 of which are endemic. Over one third of the endemics are Red Data species threatened with extinction. I seem to remember one of the flowers here being called ‘Star Flower’ or ‘Ster Bloem’. Can anyone identify this based on the pics below? I think it is endemic to this very small area due to a mix of the hot, dry climate and occasional mist.

 

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