Fynbos Diaries

October 30, 2019

Lachenalia ensifolia

This tiny little plant is unlike other Lachenalia species the flowers are not carried on an upright stem but are clustered at the base of the two stems on the ground. The flowers are white to mauve and are almond scented and are predominantly pollinated by honeybees (Apis mellifera) and the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui), which is often
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October 29, 2019

Moraea tripetala

Also known by its common names as, Blou-uintjie (blue edible bulb), Perde-uintjie (horse edible bulb), Small Blue Iris. Moraea tripetala can be seen in various places on the reserve and is tolerant of various environmental conditions. Its distinct characteristic is that it appears to only have three petals, however if you look closely there are a
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October 29, 2019

Moraea unguiculata

This is a gorgeous little Moraea unguiculata grows on a variety of soils in various habitats. The small flowers have three very distinctive broad outer tepals (petals and sepals fused) and three smaller inner tepals with three points or lobes – the outer lobes are shorter and blunt while the middle lobe is thin and coiled inwards. The flowers a
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October 29, 2019

Moraea polyanthos

Polyanthos means many flowered and describes the numerous flowers that may be open on a single day on a strong healthy plant. Also commonly known as Bloutulp or blue tulip. On Gondwana is graces our grassland areas of the Nouga which is absolutely spectacular when in flower. Our elephant herds traverse the Nouga and meander proudly through the fl
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October 29, 2019

Hermannia angularis

This is a lovely little shrub that can grow to about 60cm tall. The flowers can be yellow or red and are almost hidden in the large yellow-green calyx. It is widley spread and can be fairly palatable to game. Some Hermannia species have a delicate taste and can be used in salads.
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October 29, 2019

Protea nitida

Protea nitida is the only protea to form large attractive trees with usable timber. It is an absolute treasure on Gondwana!! It is most commonly known also known as the waboom which is from the South African Dutch “wagenboom”. Literally translate means ‘wagon tree’. Colonists used this common name as they found the wood suitable for makin
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October 29, 2019

Macledium Relhanioides

Macledium Relhanioides is a spikey looking rounded shrub with toothed leaves that favours growing on small quartzitic patches in Gwarrieveld on the reserve. Gwarrieveld can loosely be defines as succulent karoo, in a variety of habitats ranging from flat, pan-like areas to very stony areas, but usually in well-drained soils.
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October 29, 2019

Holothrix burchelii

This is a delicate little Orchid seen flowering all on its own at the top of a very steep incline on the reserve also known by its common name as Jakkalstert. The most fascinating thing about this little orchid is the fact that the flowers are dimorphic or different. The upper flowers have greatly elongated petals and lip lobes and are smaller th
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May 3, 2019
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Guided Fynbos Conservation Activity

Gondwana Fynbos Experience

Press release Date: 27th March 2019 South Africa:  Gondwana Game Reserve launches a hands-on Botanical Conservation Experience Explore indigenous wild flowers and plants that exist nowhere else in the world   With the richest floral kingdom in the world and the recent discovery of the largest known population of a rare orchid thought to be […]

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