Category Archives: Diversity

This category is all about Fynbos diversity.

Gladiolus meridionalis shows its different colour forms

Using flower colour for identifying plants can be quite confusing. I recently found four different colour variations of Gladiolus meridionalis within a few kilometres of each other and all on the same soil type.               … Continue reading






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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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Fynbos interview with Sean Privett by Time Travel Turtle

Catch this overview on fynbos as an audio interview with Michael Turtle. http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/sean-privett-grootbos-south-africa/






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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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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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Cape dune mole rat

I was walking down the driveway yesterday and came across this chap next to the road. It’s a Cape dune mole rat, the largest of all the blemols (burrowing rodents restricted to sub-Saharan Africa). Measuring 27 to 35 centimeters (11 to 14 … Continue reading






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Mid-summer flowers in the fynbos

Last week started the year with our first group on the Fynbos Trail (www.walkerbaytrails.co.za). Being the middle of summer I really wasn’t expecting much in the way of flowers and was worried that the hikers would be disappointed by the lack of color … Continue reading






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Whats flowering – Bonatea speciosa

Following the good spring rains in the Overberg the green wood orchid (Bonatea speciosa) has been flowering profusely the last few weeks. This magnificent plant was considered by Darwin to be the most ‘profoundly modified’of all orchids. It is characterized by robust, … Continue reading






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