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Hiking Three Sisters and Smitswinkel

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
In April he went to Kleinmond (= small mouth of Bot River) to hike the Three Sisters in the Palmietberge. A similar view to ours across the Cape Flats to Table Mountain with False Bay to the right - but this one looks across Botriviervlei to Babylonstoren (ridge) and Onrusberg (peak) with the open Atlantic Ocean.

We went from Silvermine entrance to the Noordhoek Fire Lookout. Fierce red Disa feruginea. I am fascinated by these sculptural bottle green and silver toothed leaves - at last I can see the tall Hermas villosa flowers (this one already faded). My learning curve on Botanical Rambles includes tipping up daisies to count the bracts below, where I discover a tiny spider on Felicia aethiopica with two rows of bracts. Speckled markings in the throat of Gladiolus brevifolius. Purple feathering on Pelargonium myrrifolium.

If the golden crown has eight points on a spike of flowers it's Struthiola ciliata. Four p…

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