Fynbos Diaries

September 24, 2018

Disperis capensis var. capensis

_DSC2880 Disperis capensis var. capensis this is a beautiful little orchid characterised by the little hood-like structure formed by the ascending median sepal with a long tapering tail. Sometimes referred to as a "granny bonnet" due to the shape of the flower with the two long tapering sepals on either side forming the ribbons of the bonnet. The Disperis f
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September 24, 2018

Bartholina burmanniana

_DSC4048 Bartholina burmanniana, also known as a spider orchid. This is an incredible little plant with one single leaf pressed flat against the ground. The flower is feathery and often found growing in clearings in grassy type areas which makes it almost impossible to spot.  The whole plant is about 8cm tall.
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September 24, 2018

Gladiolus carinatus subsp. carinatus

_DSC3542 Gladiolus carinatus subsp. carinatus is a gorgeous plant part of the Iris family that is dotted all over Gondwana at the moment. It is also known as the blouaandblom. It appears very dainty with long spindly stems with up to 8 funnel shaped flowers. It is usually found amongst grasses and restios on sandy hillsides and flats.
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September 24, 2018

Babiana patula

_DSC3425 Babiana patula is declining according to the SANBI red data plant list. It appears to be abundant on the reserve which is wonderful! It is also known as Bobbejaantjie. The name Babiana is derived from the dutch word baviaan meaning baboon. The baboons adore eating the corms. Porcupines also consider these a delicacy. The flowers are large and attra
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September 24, 2018

Phylica velutina in fruit

_DSC3374 In July I shared some images of Phylica velutina in flower (pics to follow). In spring the flowers have gone to seed and you will now see Phylica velutina bearing fruit! This species is considered near threatened on the SANBI Red Data List so its lovely to see it fruiting on the reserve.
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September 24, 2018

Struthiola eckloniana

_DSC3353 Struthiola eckloniana is endemic to the Klein Karoo, usually flowering in spring and summer. Flowers can be white pink or yellow with a smooth tube that is at least twice as long as the leaves. It is also found in loamy soils in Rensterveld, Waboemveld and moist Protea Fynbos.
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September 24, 2018

Muraltia squarrosa

_DSC3344 Muraltia squarrosa, is an intriguing shrub that can grow to 1m in height. Most of the specimens on Gondwana are small young plants and are therefor characteristically hairy when young. These plants enjoy growing in loamy or sandy soils in Renosterveld, Waboomveld and Protea Fynbos. They have attractive little flowers that are often present on the s
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