IN PRAISE OF PROTEAS: FLOWERS OF THE GODS

IN PRAISE OF PROTEAS: FLOWERS OF THE GODS

Interesting character, Proteus. Son of Neptune – Greek God of the sea – his speciality was shape-changing, morphing into any form he chose – a leopard, a tree, some water. It’s a neat trick and one that inspired Carl Linnaeus – father of taxonomy – to name a...
EASY DOES IT: A SHORT FYNBOS WALK

EASY DOES IT: A SHORT FYNBOS WALK

I took a casual stroll through some fynbos the other day. It was a typical Cape Town morning – sunny, warm and breezy – and the air fizzed with the industrious hum of insects moving from flower to flower. Lizards – Cape skinks – scuttled under bushes as I walked, and...
Flower Power – A Guide to Fynbos Flowers

Flower Power – A Guide to Fynbos Flowers

What is it with flowers? Why are they are red or blue or yellow or pink or a combination thereof? Some smell like honey or fruit salad while others stink bad enough to make you wretch – what’s all that about? And why are some flowers sticky, or hidden away from sight...

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