Category Archives: HERBS

The rewards of ‘fire monitoring’

Since the fire on 11th January a group of fire monitors has been observing the regrowth on the burnt slopes. Often blackened with ash they hang over path edges or clamber up rocks in order to photograph and record their … Continue reading

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The fascination of Plant Names

Vic Hamilton Attwell had us all fascinated at our October talk with his wide knowledge of the history of plant names.  Perhaps we had all thought that until Linnaeus sat down with his quill pen and his hand lens, plants … Continue reading

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Botanical outing to Hoogie’s farm, in the Diepgat area near Shaw’s pass

An enthusiastic group of 25 botanisers headed up the Hemel en Aarde Valley on Thursday 11 October instead of the usual Wednesday,  to the stunning van Hoogstraten farm at Diepgat. This area burnt in December 2012. Soon after we had … Continue reading

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Pollination strategies of Plants and Birds

This month’s talk in the Fernkloof Hall was given by Prof Johann du Preez who discussed the pollination strategies of both plants and their animal pollinators. As birds are major plant pollinators, we invited members of the local bird clubs … Continue reading

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More Images from Gilly

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Nerine sarniensis

A large Botanical group visited Vogelgat yesterday on a quest to see the flowering Nerine sarniensis (Guersnsey lily). Colour variations include red, rarely pink or white flowers with erect stamens.  Found growing on rocky south and north-west facing slopes in … Continue reading

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Cassine peragua, a fragrant Saffron tree

Trees are not frequent in fynbos areas. One has to search along the stream beds or in the kloofs. Our botanical walks for the past two weeks have focused on trees and getting to know them a little better. We … Continue reading

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