Fynbos Diaries

May 25, 2018

Boophane disticha

_DSC7030-boophone_disticha Boophane disticha also know as Gifbol, has been used as a medicinal bulb for many years. The outer scales of the bulbs were used to dress wounds while the thick fluid that oozes from the bulb when cut, was used as arrow poison mainly for small game. Hunters would make a thick gum like substance by combining the poison from B. disticha with snake ve
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May 25, 2018

Prismatocarpus candolleanus

_DSC7009-Prismatocarpus-candolleanus Prismatocarpus candolleanus.... This little plant has been a challenge to identify as all the records I can find have poor visuals, however I finally feel like I may have worked it out! You will see this delightful little plant in flower all over the reserve at the moment. The flowers are light blue or white and clumped along branch ends. The stems
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March 12, 2018

Erica cerinthoides

A relatively common heath, widespread and native to South Africa, Erica cerinthoides is flowering in bursts of crimson on the reserve at the moment. It is also known as fire heath, red hairy heath or rooihaartjie. The flowers on Erica cerinthoides are fascinating as they are an unusually deep shade of red and are arranged in umbels of 7 to 10 flowe
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February 19, 2018

Bobartia Orientalis

Bobartia Orientalis is flowering all over the reserve at the moment. It is commonly known as the rush lily or blombiesie.Flowers are yellow and densely clustered on the end of flower stalks. The main flowering season is from September to November, however plants may flower sporadically throughout the year, depending largely on rainfall.Fire is thou
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February 19, 2018

Solanum linnaeanum

The thorn apple also known as devils apple, apple of Sodom or Gifapple, is native to South Africa and was introduced to many countries including Australia. It occurs in most areas from the Cape to Zimbabwe. It grows to be about 1m tall. The scientific name is Solanum linnaeanum (previously S.hermannii).It is a fascinating medicinal plant, and can
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January 21, 2018

Tritonopsis antholyza

Tritonopsis antholyza, also known as the karkarblom, is a gorgeous showy plant that can stand about 90cm tall. The flowers are a striking cluster of long tubular blooms that vary from pink to reddish pink in colour. These are flowering on the reserve at the moment and should continue to do so right into autumn.
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January 8, 2018

Micranthus plantagineus

One of the three species of Micranthus occur here in our region and was found on Gondwana at the end of November – the beautiful Micranthus plantagineus also known as the Vleiblommetjie. This plant is endemic to the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. It is not easily mistaken for any other member of the iris family. It can be up to 50cm tall
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January 8, 2018

A species of Alepidea found on Gondwana!

This is an exciting find! Brendan (Eco Camp), you will recall seeing this strange plant growing in the Nouga in September when we took Yvette van Wijk around on our fynbos scout…It has taken months to identify and I think we may have found one of the two species of Alepidea that occur in this region. The two species that occur here are Alepidea d
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October 5, 2017

Spring is Blooming at Gondwana Game Reserve

Cyphia volubilisCyphia volubilis is a climber and the colour of the flowers can vary from white to purple with small white purple markings at the base of the three upper petals.Plants from the Cyphia group are generally easy to recognise as they are mostly climbers that twine around stems of other plants. During the summer months the stems, leaves
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