Fynbos Diaries

September 17, 2018

Eragrostis capensis

_DSC4963 Eragrostis capensis also known as heart-seed love grass. This grass flowers from September to May, it is one of the first grasses to re-sprout after fire and is grazed by game until more palatable grasses become available. It is found in vlei areas and often along road sides where additional rain water collects in sandy and loam or clay soils.
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September 17, 2018

Salvia Africana-lutea

_DSC4910 Salvia Africana-lutea also known as dune salvia, wild sage, geelblomsalie. This shrub is very attractive and unusual due to its colouring – grey green leaves and red brown flowers. The leaves are very aromatic and have been used as a substitute for sage. Salvia specie infusions have been extensively used medicinally for colds, flu and bronchitis
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September 17, 2018

Ruschia intricata

_DSC5063 Ruschia intricata is a striking “vygie” also known locally as the doringvygie. The leaves are small and cylindrical and grey green in colour. The whole plant becomes completely covered in glistening purple with yellow flowers from July to September.
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September 16, 2018

Hermannia saccifera

_DSC5036 Hermannia saccifera also known as Komynbossie or Sterpoprosie is a sprawling shrublet less than 30cm tall with vibrant yellow flowers the leaves are sometimes “sticky” and are toothed. Hermannia saccifera seems to be browsed only occasionally when animals are stressed for food.
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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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