Orchid Hunting at Barrydale – Day one


We set off with friends on Monday, full of enthusiasm for our trip to Barrydale, where we hoped to get access to the recently burnt sections of the Tradouw Pass in order to seek new orchids.  Our lunch stop at Swellendam was something of a let-down (literally) when Brent found he had a flat tyre and it took quite an effort to get it changed and repaired.

This meant a later-than-intended arrival at our accommodation, Bronze Grove farm, a delightful spot between the pass and Barrydale.  We did, however, stop near the pass summit and had a look at the roadside plants, of which the yellow Chinkerinchee  (Ornithogalum dubium)was the most abundant.  Also present were some Moraea ramosissima and Pterogodium catholicum, although the latter were somewhat past their best. It was too late once we arrived at the farm to do much more than settle in and…

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