Category Archives: Plants

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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Platbos

There’s always lots of enthusiasm on a BotSoc walk: eager observers all of the wonders that bless us in the Overberg, experts in the Latin genus, species and family and those of us who dabble around the edges using a … 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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De Bos Wetland trail. Wednesday 25 April 2016

A large group of Wednesday botanical enthusiasts set off on Wednesday on the new trail that Frank Woodvine has laid out on De Bos farm, next to De Bos dam on the Karwyderskraal road, in the Hemel & Aarde Valley. … Continue reading

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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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Identification please!

On this morning’s BotSoc walk to study the various Lobelia in flower, a pretty caterpillar was photographed by Derek Silberblatt. Can anybody say what it is? He also submitted a picture of a nest in an Erica bush that he … Continue reading

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