Aasvoelkop Walk

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This morning we set off at the crack of dawn in order to allow ourselves an opportunity to climb Aasvoelkop before the heat of the day.  It was a wise choice as we had perfect walking…

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Fernkloof Orchids seen in 2016

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Featured above are most of the Orchids seen in Fernkloof during 2016.  The Orchid Year started with the fabulous Disa forficaria – and what a stir it caused!  Then we had a bit of a break…

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The Last Walk of 2016

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This morning saw just three of us on the mountain searching for new post-fire plants,especially Orchids.  There were very few of the latter out, as the season is drawing to an end, and we saw only…

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Another Day in the Burn

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There were eight participants in this morning’s post-fire plant monitoring walk in Fernkloof Reserve.  We set off early so as to avoid some of the day’s heat and were up on the Jeep Track by 7:00…

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Rotary Way Burn visit

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I went up to Rotary Way this afternoon in strong wind, unfortunately, so photography was difficult. The Micranthus alopecuroides was still looking good and there was one Moraea bituminosa (hard to identify, but the stickiness was…

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Another long day in the ‘Burn’

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No less than 12 orchid fanatics set out from Hermanus this morning at 6 o’clock to see what we could find in the burn in Fernkloof.  These included Herbert Staerker and Callan Cohen, both experts in…

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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 80 countries that focus on collecting and preserving the seed of wild plants that face the threat of extinction, and plants of most use for the future.

This is the largest conservation initiative in the world. The goal is to store seed from 25% of plants by 2020. Already 10% of world seed is stored in the bank at Kew. So far in South Africa we have made 5700 seed collections, but we still have a lot to do and aim to collect 2500 more between now and 2020.

A group of 12 enthusiastic Hermanus Botanical Society (HBS) members took up this challenge and joined some members of CREW at 2 days of a seed bank course in the Hermanus Botanical Society Hall. Flowers and seed were studied under the microscope and we learnt seed collection techniques. On day two we went into the field and collected seed and were shown how to store it with its parent plant specimens. This seed and plant specimens and accompanying data will be sent to MSBP at Kirstenbosch and entered onto our BRAHMS database once this is up and running. This is a most exciting and worthwhile project to be a part of. Anyone wishing to join the seed collection team would be most welcome.

Article by Di Marais

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