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We love this beautiful floral arrangement using Ayoba cones. Lovely Christmas feel. #floralfriday #ayobacones #southafricanflowers #leucadendrons #florist #instaflowers #capeflora

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Fynbos Friday – Monopsis lutea (CAMPANULACEAE)

A constituent of Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetlands, Cape Flats Sand Fynbos and Swartland Shale Renosterveld, the gold lobelia is a perennial herb with trailing stems to 60cm and narrowly elliptical toothed leaves. Clusters of small, 2-lipped, bright yellow flowers peep out amongst shrubs during summer. The flowers resemble cheery little faces, hence the genus name 'Monopsis’, which derives from the Greek 'monos' meaning 'one' and 'opsis' meaning 'face'. The specific epithet lutea refers to the yellow colour. The flowers attract a host of insect pollinators, including butterflies and megachilid bees, and the fruit capsules are the bonnes bouches of seed-eating birds!

Flowering time: November-April

In your garden: Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained, permanently moist soil; a great addition when planted around ponds, eco-pools or greywater wetlands. Cut back after seed set and don’t be surprised if the plants disappear over winter; they are seasonal and will resprout again in late spring. A perfect companion for Erica verticillata: keep an eye out for them growing together in Tokai Park!

Distribution: Found growing on damp sandy flats and lower slopes, often along seeps or streams, from the Grootwinterhoek mountains in the Western Cape to Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape

Illustration: Monopsis lutea by S.T. Edwards (1810)

#fynbosfriday #monopsislutea #goldlobelia #campanulaceae #botany #capeflora #capelowlandfreshwaterwetlands #capeflatssandfynbos #swartlandshalerenosterveld #birdbreakfast #granivore #butterflybrunch #tastymorsel #beeforage #pollinatorrefuellingstation #wildlifelover #garden #capeflatslife #lovelocal #plantlocal #cityofcapetown

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Fire and the Forager. My latest blog post is about forager Roushanna Gray of Veld and Sea, whose home and business barely survived the recent Red Hill Scarborough fire. Read about Five for Fynbos, a community fundraiser to raise money for Veld and Sea fynbos restoration, spearheaded by The Botanist Gin and Theonista kombucha. It starts tonight at First Thursday. Link in bio.
@veldandsea @fiveforfynbos @thebotanistgin @theonista
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#phoenixfromtheashes #veldandsea #wildfood #foraging #forager #afterthefire #sustainability #fynbos #scarborough #capetown #capepeninsula #foragers #invasivespecies #southafrica #forage #forager #botanicals #gin #kombucha #cookingclass #organic #cocktails #foodstories #foodwriter #foodwinewomen #community #foodblog #lifeandthyme #eattheworld #capeflora #natureza

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Another successful locally indigenous houseplant experiment: Kedrostis nana grown from local seed. Despite its obvious potential and deep green leaves, I've never seen this species in cultivation or specialist trade. This common Strandveld climber also makes a huge green swollen stem base (caudex) as it gets older which will definitely increase the cool factor as it matures, and it is drought tolerant and unmolested by pests. Although it is in the Cucurbitaceae and the caudex is sometimes eaten by porcupines, hence the Afrikaans name ystervarkpatat, it is both unpleasantly sulphurous if crushed, and known to be toxic to humans. #locallyindigenoushouseplants #Strandveld #capeflora

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#Disa bivalvata is a member of the #Orchidaceae family. This relatively common Orchid is distributed from the #CapePeninsula eastwards to #Humansdorp from sea level to 2000m asl. where is grows in fynbos seeps and marshes. Flowering is from September to February and takes place most commonly occurs after fire. Disa bivalvata is pollinated by spider hunting wasps from the genus Hemipepsis which are thought to be attracted by the aroma of the flowers which Bolus described as being similar to that of ripening apples. This species was first collected by Sparrman and described by the younger Linneaus in 1782. The species epithet 'bivalvata' makes reference to the resemblance of the median sepal of the flowers to a bivalved mollusc such as a clam or mussel. #PlantProfiles #Orchids #Fynbos #Fire #CapeFlora #Biodiversity #UrbanBiodiversity #Nature #Outdoors #CapeTown #LoveCapeTown #ThisIsSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #Africa

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Chironia linoides Stamen and style bend in opposite directions to reduce the risk of self-pollination #fynbos #CapeFlora #Gentianaceae #Chironia

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Indigenous Christmas tree ornaments. The annual climber of #Strandveld shrubs, Cystocapnos vesicaria, is a close relative of the introduced European weed, Fumaria, but so much prettier. The common name klappertjies (little crackers) refers to the sound the papery, hollow fruit make as they split to release a surprising amount of shiny jet black seed (pic 2), or maybe just the little mini-clapper rustle they make in the summer wind. I've never seen as much fruit as this year. The plant has no recorded use that I can find, but would really make a fun local tree decoration. #capeflora

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#Erica cerinthoides is one of the more common and widespread members of the Cape Floristic Region's #Ericaceae. It is more commonly known as the Fire Heath, Red Hairy Heath, Rooihaartjie or Klipheide. Erica cerinthoides is distributed from the #Cederberg southwards to the #CapePeninsula, eastwards through the #EasternCape, #KwaZuluNatal, #Drakensberg and northwards into #Mpumalanga and #Limpopo. It is highly varied in form throughout its distribution range, with even a white flowered variety being recorded from Mpumalanga and #Swaziland. They are one of few Ericas that resprout from a woody rootstock after fire. Francis Masson first introduced this species to cultivation in Europe and it was featured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1794. Here it is seen growing on Red Hill above Simonstown on the Cape Peninsula. #PlantProfiles #CapeFlora #Fynbos #Plants #Biodiversity #Outdoors #Nature #CFR #CapeTown #LoveCapeTown #ThisIsSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #Africa

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Rookie mistake. Planting tiiiiiiiiny Geissorhiza monanthos bulbs in soil with dark colour and lots of coarse organic material and gravel. I probably missed a few... #capeflora #speciesbulbs

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No filter needed for Mother Nature. Love these #fynbos #kitchenflowers #capeflora

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There's a whole lot of this going on in the fynbos at the moment. Everywhere you look insect pollinators are out and getting it about! #Scabiosa columbaria with little visiting chafer beetles #Cyrtothyrea marginalis
#dipsacaceae #cetoniinae #fynbos #capeflora #wildflowers #igflowers #flowersofinstagram #botany #floweroftheday #capefloralkingdom #biodiversity #tablemountainnationalpark

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Fynbos, the species-rich wonder of the Cape Floral Region, is a fire-adapted vegetation and its rare to find stands that are more than 20 years old. Its post-fire 'recovery' is always interesting and this past year in Cape Town has been a bonanza for bulb lovers and orchid hunters! Here are just a few species currently wowing hikers on the Cape Peninsula. Watsonia, Pseudosalago, Wachendorfia paniculata and Bobartia indica #iridaceae #haemodoraceae #scrophulariaceae #fynbos #capeflora #wildflowers #igflowers #botany #biodiversityhotspot #capebulbs #tablemountainnationalpark #flowersofinstagram #flowers

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Fynbos Friday – Athanasia crithmifolia (ASTERACEAE)

A wonder plant that occurs in a range of Cape Town lowland veld types including Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, South Peninsula Granite Fynbos, Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetlands and Peninsula Shale Renosterveld! This fast-growing evergreen shrub displays attractive soft feathery foliage and reaches 2m in height. Its late spring/early summer flowering season sees it awash with dense, rich, golden yellow umbels (big fluffy pompoms!) which become a very inviting pollen and nectar source for beetles, bees and butterflies and more.

Flowering time: Oct-Dec.

In your garden: Plant in full sun and well drained soil, water well to establish, waterwise thereafter. No compost or fertiliser. Perfect as a filler in new gardens or to transform a dull area into a pocket of sunshine!

Distribution: Found growing on sandy flats and slopes, often along drainage lines, in the southwestern Cape.

Illustration: Athanasia crithmifolia by Moninckx, J.; source: Moninckx, J., Moninckx Atlas, vol. 3: t. 48 (1682-1709)

#fynbosfriday #botany #athanasiacrithmifolia #draadblaar #pompomplant #asteraceae #colourburst
#capeflatssandfynbos #capelowlandfreshwaterwetlands
#peninsulashalerenosterveld #southpeninsulagranitefynbos #capeflora #beeforage #pollinatorrefuellingstation #wildlifelover #biodiversity #garden #capeflatslife #lovelocal #plantlocal #lovecapetown #thinkwaterct #WaterWiseChallenge

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A little continuation of this week’s Fynbos Friday feature, Athanasia crithmifolia, which is such a hit with insect pollinators that its forage value deserves extra attention. I have just counted 18 net-winged beetles on one bush in my garden, as well as countless honeybees with pollinia attached to their legs, two smaller bee species, two wasps, three bugs, six other beetle species and thrips for Africa, all in the space of a three minute observation!

This image shows a male net-winged beetle (family Lycidae) stretching his wings after mating with the female, also pictured. His extended wings illustrate the protective outer forewings (elytra) and fragile membranous hindwings used for flight, typical of the order Coleoptera. Also visible is his abdomen, which resembles the larvae both of this family and of closely-related fireflies and glow worms.
The orange and black coloration warns bird and other predators of the unpleasant taste of cantharidin contained by the beetles, and many Batesian mimics also enjoy the safety of this colouration. Named rather for the intricate net-like patterns on the elytra...beautiful but a bit boring considering they look so much like the burnt involucral bracts of proteas and diastellas, and even a lot like burnt floral bracts of leucadendrons - must be something interesting going on there!? #athanasiacrithmifolia #draadblaar #asteraceae #capeflora #pollination #insectforage #netwingedbeetle #burntbractbeetle #lycidae #coleoptera #entomology #insectsofinstagram #biodiversity #wildlifefriendly #garden #saveurbanwildlife #plantlocalfynbos

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A cool and misty #summer #Sunday in the #MotherCity today. #Didyouknow that the summit plateau of #TableMountain recieves more than 3000 mm of precipitation each year? The first records of moisture precipitation from Table Mountain's world famous 'tablecloth' were recorded in the early 1900s by botanist Rudolph #Marloth. He measured the difference in water captured by a conventional rain gauge in comparison with one containing a bunch of #Restios. The latter caught more than 20 times more water than the other.
Rainfall on the Peninsula is highly varied with the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in #Newlands recieving more than 2000 mm/year. In contrast on the western side of the mountain in #CampsBay rainfall is only 600 mm per year. This extraordinary climatic heterogeneity and its associated habitat diversity is thought to be one of the factors driving the presence of such high species richness and levels of endemism in the flora of the #CapePeninsula. The #CapePeninsula is home to 2285 vascular plant species, 7% of which are only found here and nowhere else on earth.
#CapeFlora #Fynbos #PlantDiversity #Weather #Climate #Ecology #Endemism #UrbanBiodiversity #Outdoors #Nature #CapeTown #LoveCapeTown #ThisIsSouthAfrica #SouthAfrica #Africa

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Found these perfect ready made bunches yesterday... #capeflora #tabledecor #farmlife #lunch #bunchofflowers

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