Fynbos Diaries

September 16, 2018

Gladiolus grandiflorus

_DSC5007 Gladiolus grandiflorus, a beautiful gladiolus with large flowers that vary from creamy pink and mauve with dark median stripe on each lobe. Upper lobes are larger than the lower lobes. The leaves are stiff sword like leaves. It seems to favour sandy soils or stony ground on mountain slopes.
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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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July 17, 2018

Amphithalea violacea

_DSC9746  A lovely shrub with a striking cluster of flowers that are pale pink with a dark purple-pink keel. It can grow to 1m tall. It is a widespread species occurring in Waboomveld, Renosterveld and Arid and Moist Protea Fynbos. It is apparently highly palatable to game! It would be interesting to see what animals on Gondwana enjoy eating Amphithale
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June 11, 2018

Protea lanceolata

_DSC9043 This is another wonderful find! This is Protea lanceolata also known as the Lance-leaf Sugarbush. It is a beautiful erect shrub that grows up to 4m tall. One of the striking things about this protea is that the new stems are red and hairless. The flowerheads are an inverted cone shape and look untidy when open. The flowerhead also appears to have w
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