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October 2, 2018

Cyphia volubilis

_DSC2547 Cyphia volubilis, is also known as waterbaroe. These plants are creepers and can climb up to 1m into shrubs. Flowers vary from white to purple and are about 10-25mm wide with dark purple markings at the base of the three upper petals. The slender twining stems rise from a large underground fleshy potato-like tuber. The Baroe was once a widely used
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September 24, 2018

Erica coccinea ssp. coccinea

_DSC4028 Erica coccinea ssp. coccinea the yellow green form is a gorgeous Erica with bold flowers in a lime green colour. Here the young flowers sport a vibrant almost luminous colour. This shrub can grow to over 1m tall. The flowers are tubular can be white, yellow or red. They ae not sticky at all. The stamens and style are far exerted out of the flower t
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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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