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January 4, 2019

Gondwana’s Tower of Giraffe

_DSC7852 I was so fortunate to see and spend some time with this group of giraffes together a few weeks ago, a proper tower of giraffe on our precious Gondwana Game Reserve. They were running up and down the hill playing together, stopping to eat the sweet leaves of Acacia Karoo and even stopping to have a good neck scratch up against anything tall enough!!
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January 4, 2019

Scabiosa columbaria

_DSC8091 Scabiosa columbaria is a gorgeous plant with faintly scented blooms. It is also known locally as Jonkmansknoop. The leaves are mostly clustered at the base of the stem. The flowerheads can be up to 30mm in diameter and are presented on long stalks. The flowers can vary in colour from white to mauve / purple. The nectar produced by the flowers, attr
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January 4, 2019

Tephrosia capensis

_DSC8025 Tephrosia capensis is the only one of the 400 species in this Genus that occur in the Klein Karoo region. This is a gorgeous little spreading shrublete that can be up to 30cm tall. The striking flowers are 8mm to 10mm and can be pink or purple. The leaves are pinnate with linear elliptic leaflets. They flower almost all year long and can be found i
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January 4, 2019

Bobartia macrospatha subsp. macrospatha

_DSC7741 Bobartia macrospatha subsp. macrospatha, also known as Blombiesie the narrow cylindrical leaves are almost 1m tall and almost identical to the flowering stems which carry clusters of yellow flowers. This species is endemic to South Africa. It flowers from spring to summer and occurs in Moist Protea Fynbos along coastal mountains. You will hardly fi
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January 4, 2019

Ornithogalum dubium

_DSC8126 Ornithogalum dubium also known as geel tjienkerintjee (yellow chincherinchee), it’s a lovely bulb. The flowers can be orange, yellow or white with a dark centre. It is found flowering now on the reserve. Ornithogalum dubium often flowers after good rains or fire. Flowers are about 3cm in diameter when open and the plant can grow up to 50 cm tall.
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January 4, 2019

Moraea lewisiae ssp. lewisiae

_DSC7623 Moraea lewisiae ssp. Lewisiae is also known as the Volstruisuintjie or Ostrich bulb. It is endemic to South Africa. The bright yellow flowers are about 30mm in diameter and are usually open during late afternoon. Moraea lewisiae ssp. Lewisiae can bee seen flowering on Gondwana at the moment as it flowers between late spring and summer. 
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January 4, 2019

Hibiscus pusillus

_DSC8146 Hibiscus pusillus also known as wild hibiscus is one of the 2 species found in Klein Karoo region. (There are approximately 300 species in this genus.) The flowers can be creamy white, light yellow or pink. The leaves have a rough hard texture. Plants flower best after fire in spring and summer in clayey soils.
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January 4, 2019

Hilliardiella oligocephala

_DSC7769 Hilliardiella oligocephala which used to previously be Vernonia oligocephala. Hilliardiella oligocephala is used to make an infusion called ubulawu (Zulu word for hallucinogenic) is made of the leaves, roots and stems and then taken orally or used as tea. It was also used as a remedy for mild diabetes.
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