Category Archives: Plants

New Orchid in the Kogelberg

This morning the Cape Times carried a report of a new Orchid, Satyrium Liltvedianum, which was found by Dr Timotheus van der Niet in the Kogelberg in 2009.  It is named after Bill Liltved, the author of ‘The Cape Orchids’, … Continue reading

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THE MILLENNIUM SEED BANK PARTNERSHIP

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the largest international plant conservation project in the world.   Its aim is to safeguard as many as possible of the planet’s plant species by saving their seeds for the future.  The current goal is … Continue reading

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Searching the ‘waterfalls’ for the Red Disa – and a cell phone on ‘life support’!

A group of intrepid Botsoc members left Hermanus at 6am on Saturday as the full moon was setting in the west – hoping to avoid the heat that was forecast for the day. We were joined by Mike Ford of … Continue reading

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Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) is an international seed conservation programme, centered at Kew Botanical Garden, UK and the MSBP in South Africa, a part of the South African National Biodiversity Initiative, forms part of a network of partners across … Continue reading

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Great News!

A single Disa atrorubens, which is easily confused by the amateur as D. ophrydea, was recently noted.  We photographed it and Bill Liltved was able to confirm it as D. atrorubens. This is an exciting find and a new addition to … Continue reading

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The Green Orchid – Bonatea speciosa

Occurring all along the southern and eastern coast of South Africa, this unusual orchid is well represented in Hermanus.  It flowers between June and December and is pollinated by the Hawkmoth.  (photos by KRH)

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Alien Busters!

Thank you to Ralph Louw, a Botanical Society member, and his assistant Morgan, who last week removed a number of very large pine trees high up on the slopes of Fernkloof. The photos, by Gill Louw,show the burnt top of … Continue reading

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