HAIL TO THE HEATHERS! ERICAS AND FYNBOS

HAIL TO THE HEATHERS! ERICAS AND FYNBOS

I know I’m always boasting about the diversity of fynbos vegetation but even you will go ‘wow’ at this one. The Ericas are heathers and despite their dainty, shivery-twigged appearance, it is these shrubs that best illustrate the bio-insanity of fynbos. Heathers are...
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...

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