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LION’S HEAD: AFTER THE FIRE

LION’S HEAD: AFTER THE FIRE

Having collected 50 000 floral specimens over a lifetime of discovery, it’s fair to say that English naturalist William Burchell (1781 – 1863) knew a thing or two about plants. But even he was staggered by the flowers on Lion’s Head during a visit to Cape Town,...

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RONDEBOSCH COMMON: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

RONDEBOSCH COMMON: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Like beer and burgers, the flowers on Rondebosch Common are always better in the afternoon. There’s no point getting there in the morning: these are Cape Town plants after all, and you know what Cape Town is like. The mornings are simply too early to do anything, and...

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A FYNBOS WINTER:  NOT WHAT YOU THINK

A FYNBOS WINTER: NOT WHAT YOU THINK

Can we stop using the word "winter?" May through September in the Western Cape is the Rainy Season. We use that phrase in the rest of Africa; it beats me why we insist on calling it winter down here in Cape Town. The Cape’s Rainy Season is just that: between 70- to...

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