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July 30, 2018

Birdlists ~ Peter Boardman

article5image5  Peter Boardman from Red Rocks 27 needs no introduction to Gondwana. He is a very enthusiastic and dedicated birder. He has compiled a wonderful record over the years of his bird sightings when he visits the reserve from the UK. Peter has complied a list of what he regards as  “common” birds, by which he means species which he would be d
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July 17, 2018

Agathosma ovata

_DSC9746-landscape  Also known as Basterboegoe or false buchu. Can grow upto 2m tall. The leaves are from strap-shaped to round and strongly scented when crushed. The flowers can be white, pink or purple. Buchu was an important part of the Khio culture in the Cape. It is still used as a general health tonic and people often chew the leaves fresh or dried as well
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July 17, 2018

Phylica lanata

_DSC9520 Phylica lanata is flowering all over the reserve at the moment. It really transforms the landscape as there is so much of it. This shrub grows up to 1m high, but the most interesting part of this plant for me are the tiny hairy flowers! Every little pinkish red flower is covered in white hairs on the underside. Leaves are about 7mm long and 4mm wid
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July 17, 2018

Pelargonium cordifolium

_DSC9579 Also known as the heart-leaved pelargonium or Hartblaarmalva in Afrikaans. It can grow upto 1m tall. The leaves have lovely toothed margins and are “white” hairy below and a dark green above. You will notice that there are usually a few old leaves on the plant that are orange or red which is typical of this species. The leaves are not strongly
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