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February hikes to Silvermine, Kirstenbosch and Slangkop

   by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity   in Cape Town, South Africa   Hiking among wildflowers in the mountains around Cape Town   We begin at Silvermine Crags along the ridge hoping for Aspalathus capitata . One solitary blooming bush, too far below the path among rocks and tall shrubs. A single flower next to the path. Aspalathus crenata , with pale veins in the leaves, was more flowery.   Aspalathus at Silvermine in February Spider with a stabilimentum, not the neatest zigzag stitch from Argiope australis . Quiet beige flowers opening to pink flashes Tritoniopsis unguicularis . Phylica dioica has little white starry flowers. Phylica imberbis showing the more typical Phylica leaves with rolled under margins.   With Phylica at Silvermine in February Kirstenbosch up up up thru the forest for the trees. Mountain cedar Widdringtonia nodiflora was too big to hug my arms around.   Widdringtonia nodiflora Red pear Scolopia mundii has buttress ro

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