Category Archives: Ecology

This category is all about Fynbos ecology

Spring splendor in the Overberg

I mentioned a few weeks back that there had been a fire on Flower Valley in autumn and all sorts of flowering treasures are appearing in the veld on a weekly basis. While guiding a group of hikers on the Fynbos … Continue reading






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What’s flowering – Gladiolus overbergensis

I was walking the Fynbos Trail on Flower Valley last week and came across these spectacular Gladiolus overbergensis in full flower. This rare Gladiolus is thought to be pollinated by sun birds and is retricted to the range of low mountains … Continue reading






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Flower Valley blooming

A few weeks ago a small controlled fire on Flower Valley (www.flowervalley.org.za) jumped a fire break and spread up the southern slopes of Grootberg. Fortunately with the aid of two helicopters (and some timeous light rain that started falling in the … Continue reading






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Invitation for managers and researchers to participate in Proteaceae focus at Fynbos Forum

Dear All We would like to extend a formal invitation to you participate in the activities around the conservation, management and research on Proteaceae – one of the foci at this year’s Fynbos Forum.  Draft Programme FF2012 Proteaceae The Fynbos … Continue reading






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A parasitic beauty of the fynbos – Mystropetalon thomii

I spent the weekend doing some training for the Freedom Challenge (www.freedomchallenge.org.za) mountain bike race across South Africa. This 2300 km adventure through some of the remotest parts of the land requires a fair bit of carrying ones bike as … Continue reading






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POSSIBLE FIVE DAY FIELD SHORT COURSE: TESING INTEREST

Anyone interested in learning a LOT about fynbos and having a great time doing it then contact Eugene Moll at emoll@telkomsa.net . Prof. Moll’s Bot 3c field courses were legendary in the UCT Botany Department. MESSAGE FROM EUGENE MOLL I have … Continue reading






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Fighting fire with bark

Leucospermum conocarpodendron is in full flower at the moment. I took this photo of a fine speciman above Somerset West in the fynbos overlooking the Da Capo vineyards ( on the lower slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains). The area where the … Continue reading






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Pincushion proteas that rely on rodents for pollination

While the fields of the large, showy pincushions such as the silver-edge pincushions tend to steal the show at this time of the year, there is a group of other, less obvious pincushion proteas that are also flowering – but … Continue reading






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The silver-edge pincushion – a story of sugarbirds, ants and fire

The bright orange flowers of Leucospermum patersonii (the silver-edge pincushion) act as a ‘landing pad’ for sugarbirds which delve down into the flowers with their long beaks to extract nectar. The pollen is placed onto the birds heads by the long … Continue reading






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Fields of pink!

A special pink Erica found in one tiny area overlooking Walker bay shows its true colours in the winter of 2011……watch this video for more http://youtu.be/Q2YxepcoGt0






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