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For twenty years I have been stomping around the foothills around my farm in the western Overberg looking at flowers. Throughout this time I have continuously being astounded by one thing……..DIVERSITY. The more you look, the more you see. And the more you … Continue reading

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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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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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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 Forum 2014

Draft Registration form Fynbos Forum 2014 -v2 GUIDELINES ABSTRACTS 2014 FORUM Its that time of year again and Fynbos forum 2014 is drawing nearer. This is a great opportunity to pick up some of the latest research findings, interact with … Continue reading

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Conservation at work

Dear all Conservation at Work website The Conservation at Work – the old Western Cape Conservation Stewardship Association – website recently went live and it contains very nice guidelines that might be of interest to conservation minded people.   A list … Continue reading

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An unusual form of Lapeirousia corymbosa from Farm 215

Fynbos fan, Maarten Groos of Farm 215 near Gansbaai sent me this photo of an unusual form of  Lapeirousia corymbosa (koringblommetjie) that he photographed in a small remnant patch of Elim ferricrete fynbos on his farm. Lapeirousia corymbosa grows in sandy-clay … Continue reading

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De Hoop Nature Reserve – a great place to enjoy fynbos and so much more.

I was in the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve over the weekend. De Hoop is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature. It is a favorite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and … Continue reading

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Hunting in the Arum lilies

My six year old neighbor Nathan sent me this great picture of an arum lily frog Hyperolius horstockii which he had found in an Arum Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) on his farm in the Uilkraals Valley near Gansbaai.  This frog uses the arum flowers as … Continue reading

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A heavy hamburger in my stomach

Last week I visited a patch of limestone fynbos near Cape Agulhas. My reason for the visit was to see what plants are present in an area proposed for extending a agricultural lime mine. On the way to the site … Continue reading

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