#capeflora

#Ixia micrandra (member of the #Iridaceae family) is this week's #FloralFriday feature.

The genus Ixia is often known as ‘wand flowers’. This species is distributed from Houwhoek to Kleinmond and De Hoop in the Overberg region where it grows on sandstone slopes and flats.

#PlantProfiles #Geophytes #OverbergRenosterveld #Renosterveld #africa #ThreatenedSpecies #CapeFlora #Overberg #LoveOverberg #DiscoverOverberg #SouthAfrica
#Kleinmond #DeHoop #wandflower #flower

@capetownbotanist

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SUNDAY EXPRESS NEWS October 15, 2017
EXCLUSIVE By Paula Murray

Polar quest plans to uncover Scots wreck
EXPEDITION: The Eira crew, including Leigh Smith, second from left, with Conan Doyle, third from left, on board the vessel in 1880

HUNT: Milko Vuille will search for the wreck of the ship owned by Leigh Smith, left

A POLAR explorer is heading to the Arctic next summer to confirm an “object” found in a northern archipelago is the wreck of Scots expedition yacht, the Eira.

Milko Vuille will be part of an international group set up by the Russian Arctic National Park to inspect the site and is “pretty certain” the search will discover the Aberdeenshire-built vessel, commissioned and paid for by Benjamin Leigh Smith.

The pioneer of Arctic exploration had used his expertise to have a ship built to endure hazardous conditions around the North Pole.

His first trip to the Russian archipelago of 191 islands, known as Franz Josef Land, in 1880 was successful but disaster struck when he returned to the area the next summer.

The Eira was crushed between two icebergs, leaving Leigh Smith and his crew of 25 men – plus the ship dog, Bob – stranded.

They had not expected to stay for longer than a few weeks and were not equipped for the harsh Arctic winter but survived 10 long months using provisions salvaged from the vessel.

Eventually they risked using four of the Eira’s lifeboats to row to safety but endured a three-week journey in terrible storms before they met ships – including The Hope, where author Arthur Conan Doyle served as surgeon in 1880 – sent to look for them off the coast of Nova Zemlya, in the far northeast of Europe.

Despite losing his ship, Leigh Smith, whose niece was Florence Nightingale, made valuable contributions to research in terms of observing flora, fauna and minerals in the area, and expressing global warming concerns.

He was also the first man to map many of the archipelago’s islands.

#benjaminleighsmith #arctic #explorer #eira #ship #capeflora #franzjoseflandarchipelago #russianarcticnationalpark

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The yellow pincushion protea is indigenous to South Africa and grows in acid, nutrient poor soils. It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and numerous birds are found near the proteas. Proteas are not self-pollinating and depend on the small Scarab beetles and the birds for pollination. In local tradition, the Protea flower represents change and hope #nature #protea #southafrica #fynbos #capeflora #botany #nativeflowers #motherearth

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Garden splendour #indigenous #capeflora #houtbay #nature

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Un de mes meilleurs souvenirs de l'année 2016

Projection du Court-métrage documentaire "EIRA - Prisonniers du Pôle Nord" de Milko Vuille, en ouverture du film L'Odyssée, biopic sur l'histoire du Commandant Cousteau, le mercredi 12 octobre à 20h au cinéma Studio.
Accès gratuit à l'exposition photo qui se trouve dans le hall d'entrée du cinéma Studio du 12 au 17 octobre.

#2016 #memories #shortfilm #documentary #motiniproduction #benjaminleighsmith #arctic #explorer #northpole #ship #eira #capeflora #1881 #shipwreck #research #scubadiving #franzjoseflandarchipelago #russianarcticnationalpark #expedition #nature #discovery #history #geography #amazingplace #memories #dreams #power

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Yesterday's #rareplantfair at Tokara was a roaring success and I learnt a huge amount and met loads of interesting people. And of course spent a little of my own income. I managed to resist all sorts of amazing temptations, but was very glad to get a couple of honeybush tea plants grown from ARC bred Cyclopia intermedia seed. There are three Cyclopias used for honeybush, this is the most widespread, extending from the Eastern Cape fynbos into the Western Cape. I think it's much nicer than rooibos tea, but is hard to find in shops and overharvested from the wild, so growing is exciting. #foodgarden #capeflora

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Hoping to see the baby whales spinning out of the water at Walker Bay, South Africa.... no whales but so much beauty on my long cliff top walk. #fullofenergy #timetorelax #hikinggirls #hikingadventures #seetoshare #seetheworld #40something #bucketlist #africa #seasidewalk #capeflora #capefloralkingdom

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Leucospermum catherinae, commonly known as the "catherine-wheel" or "firework" pincushion. When viewed from the side, I think the stigmas look like match sticks.

Nikon D3100 Sigma 105mm

#leucospermumcatherinae #leucospermum #proteaceae #catherinewheel #matchsticks #kirstenbosch #fynbos #KnowYourFynbos #capeflora #botany #botanicaminima #natureisart #flowersofinstagram #macrophotography #macro_delight #ThisIsSouthAfrica #instagram_sa #iamnikonsa #sigmaphoto_sa #EarthCapture #dcwow

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Kirstenbosch Tuesdays. Wandering through the magical realm of St Matthew's Rockery, Kirstenbosch.
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#kirstenbosch #kirstenboschgardens #stmathewsrockery #sanbi #capeflora #southafricanflora #capetowneveryday #sabotanicalgardens #kirstenboschtuesdays

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