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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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July 17, 2018

Amphithalea violacea

_DSC9746  A lovely shrub with a striking cluster of flowers that are pale pink with a dark purple-pink keel. It can grow to 1m tall. It is a widespread species occurring in Waboomveld, Renosterveld and Arid and Moist Protea Fynbos. It is apparently highly palatable to game! It would be interesting to see what animals on Gondwana enjoy eating Amphithale
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June 11, 2018

Protea lanceolata

_DSC9043 This is another wonderful find! This is Protea lanceolata also known as the Lance-leaf Sugarbush. It is a beautiful erect shrub that grows up to 4m tall. One of the striking things about this protea is that the new stems are red and hairless. The flowerheads are an inverted cone shape and look untidy when open. The flowerhead also appears to have w
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June 11, 2018

Phylica velutina

_DSC8085  Another special plant discovered on Gondwana! Phylica velutina is a near threatened species and endemic to the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains. There are quite a few plants growing in previously burnt areas on the reserve. They are often found in Waboomveld and moist Protea fynbos. This shrub only grows to about 30 cm tall. Its most telling
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June 6, 2018

The Gondwana Pride welcomes new cubs

websitearticleheaders11 About 3 months ago Gondwana’s alpha Lioness went into hiding and we suspected that she had had cubs and was denning. During the last two weeks we have finally caught fleeting glimpses of these two precious cubs and then finally this week the pride allowed us close enough to spend 20 glorious minutes with them as they posed perfectly on a ridge
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June 6, 2018

The GCF Conservation Kids Program

websitearticleheaders6 Over the last month, the Gondwana Conservation Foundation has hosted Gr 6 and 7 learners from various schools in our community to participate in conservation activities on Gondwana Game Reserve. Our goal is to teach them about conservation not only in a reserve, but how it can apply at home as well. We hope to make an impact and inspire the next ge
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