Fynbos Diaries

January 3, 2019

Tritonopsis antholyza

_DSC7717 Tritonopsis antholyza is also known as the rooipypie in Afrikaans, is has 15 or more beautiful scarlet flowers that grow on opposite sides of the flower spike. While on safari these flowers will definitely catch your eye as they stand about 450mm high. These gorgeous plants are flowering at present on the reserve and can be found flowering at anyti
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January 3, 2019

Leucospermum cordifoluim

_DSC7598 Leucospermum cordifoluim is in full flower on the reserve during Summer. Leucospermum cordifolium is reliant on fire to germinate its seed and in turn produce new plants.Leucospermum cordifolium has a fascinating ecology. The flowers produce sweet nectar that attracts insects and birds. Sugar birds and sun birds feed on the nectar and the insects
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October 2, 2018

Drimia exuviata

_DSC6055 Drimia exuviata also known as Gifbol. Plants can reach up to 1m long. The flowers are pleasantly scented and white or sometimes pinkish with a dark brown-green line. They enjoy growing on loamy soils. Some Drimia species have been used for medicinal proposes and some are highly toxic to domestic stock.
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October 2, 2018

Hermannia filifolia

_DSC2618 Hermannia filifolia also known as Broodblom. Plants flower in spring and are abundant in clay soils. The smooth grey-green leaves are strap shaped and grouped in tufts. Plants flower in spring and summer after rain. The red flowers are twister whish is characteristic of Hermannias and are about 10mm in diameter. And the calyx lobes flare out when f
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October 2, 2018

Stoebe plumosa

_DSC2621 Stoebe plumosa also known as Slangbos is found growing abundantly in different areas of the reserve. It has distinct white woolly leaves that are densely packed in clusters on the stems. Flowers are insignificant. Plants flower in winter and autumn. It favours loamy and sandy soils on disturbed sites in Renosterveld, Waboom veld, Protea and Grassy
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October 2, 2018

Stoebe alopecuroides

_DSC2709 Stoebe alopecuroides, also known as Jakkalsstert (Jackal tail) or Katstertslangbos (Cat tail snake bush). This shrub is about 1m tall with tightly packed leaves pressed to the stems about 5mm tall. It has long white flowerheads that are about 15mm in length, at the ends of the steps that appear to be like cats tails. Plants flower in spring and are
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October 2, 2018

Cyphia volubilis

_DSC2547 Cyphia volubilis, is also known as waterbaroe. These plants are creepers and can climb up to 1m into shrubs. Flowers vary from white to purple and are about 10-25mm wide with dark purple markings at the base of the three upper petals. The slender twining stems rise from a large underground fleshy potato-like tuber. The Baroe was once a widely used
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September 24, 2018

Erica coccinea ssp. coccinea

_DSC4028 Erica coccinea ssp. coccinea the yellow green form is a gorgeous Erica with bold flowers in a lime green colour. Here the young flowers sport a vibrant almost luminous colour. This shrub can grow to over 1m tall. The flowers are tubular can be white, yellow or red. They ae not sticky at all. The stamens and style are far exerted out of the flower t
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