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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 family of...

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FYNBOS AND FIRE: WHY DOES IT BURN?

FYNBOS AND FIRE: WHY DOES IT BURN?

With all this fuss made about the wonders of fynbos vegetation, it does seem a bit drastic that it all gets burnt to cinders from time to time. But stand in a patch of flower-spangled fynbos anywhere in the mountains in the Western Cape and you are looking at a...

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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...

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