Our most recent Fire monitoring walk up Adder’s Ladder and to the higher areas above and below the jeep track was very rewarding and exciting.
We followed up our spotting of what we thought could be three Amphithalea tomentosa plants on the path to White Rock. Our I.D. was confirmed and even more exciting was finding two more plants on the jeep track lower down.
The two original Amphithalea tomentosa found last year could not be found and so we are very relieved to have found more of these plants.
This is a first for Fenkloof, in fact the Stellenbosch to Hermanus Wild Flower Guide states that Amphithalea tomentosa is not to be found in Hermanus.
It is described as growing below 200m and so it has surprised us again by being at an altitude just below 400m.
Our day was not over and on proceeding we came across a multitude of the autumn/winter flowering orchid, Liparis capensis, noted as being more abundant after fire.
What a treat and what a wonderful ending to the day!
Article by Liz Hutton with images by Sandy Jenkin and Di Marais