Author Archives: SeanP

Biological control of Acacia cyclops (rooikrans) and Acacia saligna (port jackson willow) in fynbos

A total of 13 species of Australian acacias (Mimosaceae) have become naturalized in South Africa and are now declared invasive weeds. Two of the most successful invasive plant species in the fynbos are Acacia cyclops (rooikrans) and Acacia saligna (Port … Continue reading

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Environmental Social Scientist – Garden Route

Please see the below link to an advertisement for an Environmental Social Scientist – Garden Route.  

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Red beauties that feed off other plants – Cytinus sanguineus and Hyobanche sanguineus

Two splashes of red in close proximity to each other on a recent coastal walk  turned out to be two magnificent parasitic plant species, both with red flowers. Cytinus sanguineus is known as the aardroos (earth or ground rose), a very apt … Continue reading

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CASINO GOES FYNBOS! Kirstenbosch Gardens gives a green thumbs up to GrandWest   In a first for any casino in South Africa, Sun International’s GrandWest property in Cape Town became an indigenous fynbos exhibitor at the 39th annual Plant Fair … Continue reading

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Its nearly Fynbos Forum time again!

This years Fynbos Forum will be held from the 3rd to 6th August 2015 at the NG Church Hall in Montagu.  The theme of this years forum is Biome Boundaries.   This is a fantastic opportunity for all researchers working in fynbos, scientists, … Continue reading

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Fynbos interview with Sean Privett by Time Travel Turtle

Catch this overview on fynbos as an audio interview with Michael Turtle.

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When the smoke settles new life begins

  During the first week of March 2015 a massive fire burnt across the southern Cape Peninsula. An area of about 5,000 hectares was burnt stretching from the slopes of Muizenberg on the Indian Ocean side of the Peninsula across and … Continue reading

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A sweet red surprise – Tritoniopsis triticea and the Grootbos plant survey

We have been identifying the plant species on Grootbos Nature Reserve since the beginning of 1997. Initially I thought the plant survey would take a year or two to complete. How wrong I was! Original estimates from diversity models (based … Continue reading

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Fynbos Identification courses coming up

Wendy Hitchcock’s popular Fynbos Identification courses are back – book now to secure your place and get to know how to identify our wonderful fynbos plants.   For more information see  Fynbos Plant Identification Courses

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Part-time employment for student: Exploring the Bio-edge

EB_Advert_for_Student_15_January 2015 Find attached a part time opportunity for a student to provide routine technical website assistance. Duties will include inter alia: i) uploading articles every two weeks; ii) sourcing appropriate scientific literature and photographs for articles; iii) proofreading; and … Continue reading

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