Table Mountain cliffs and the Lady's Hand
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Hiking among wildflowers
and in the mountains
around Cape Town
October began in Myburghskloof above Hout Bay. Tiny Disa bracteata, Satyrium odorum and Pterygodium catholicum are orchids. Red and yellow Pennea mucronata.
Lush pink Lessertia miniata, Otholobium virgatum in mauves, golden Aspalathus chenopodia and clear yellow Lotonotis involucrata are pea family.
Yellow Arctotis hirsuta. Dotted Moraea miniata. Pink Ixia scillaris. Burgundy striped Drimia filifolia.
Wurmbea spicata is Colchicum family. Pelargonium myrrifolium has very fine leaves. Zygophyllum sessilifolium (white unlike the yellow I expect for this genus). Pauridia capensis opening dark.
Redhill daisies. Bud of Syncarpha speciossisima. Spectacular Ursinia tenuifolia bud. Tiny Petalacte coronata.
Ursinia anthemoides seeds (also saw pink seeds!)
Gazania pectinata furled up at 10 AM, serving lunch to a monkey beetle at 1PM.
Crocodile jaws on Redhill. Tarucus thespis fynbos blue butterfly female. Blue Moraea tripetala and friend. Highly complex centre of Wahlenbergia capensis.
Vibrant blue Aristea africana. Taller white Aristea spiralis. Polygala garcinii. Crassula fascicularis bud opens to cream and brick red.
Electrifying pink Saltera sarcocolla with interesting four ranked leaves. Sparkly pink Lachnea densiflora. Carpenter bee on Pelargonium capitatum. Geissorhiza ovata salmon veined reverse of the petals.
Ivory Serruria glomerata. Agathosma hookeri buds mystified us and INaturalist named it. Lightly striped Moraea neglecta. Yellow Moraea.
Table Mountain Left Face B (with hands - no ropes needed). Climbing the sandstone cliffs, the crusty bits that form the actual tabletop. Looking across to Lion's Head where we walked.
Circling the flanks of Lion's Head. Lobostemon argenteus with silvery leaves. Affluent garden structure fashionably rusted - not sure what practical purpose it serves as you could post the garden bench thru the holes, protected from neither the sun nor the wind?!
Watsonia borbonica I remember an after fire year when this whole slope was PINK.
Our first home in Camps Bay centre left. We walked among silver trees in one of their four surviving homes. Water from the dams on Table Mountain goes to the city.
Lion's Head flowers are mostly on granite. Burnished terracotta Crassula dichotoma. Bronzed gold Ixia dubia. Berkheya armata large yellow flowers and fierce leaves.
Barbie pink Ixia ciliaris. Sweetie pink climbing Microloma. Peachy Indigofera. Getting a head start salmon Watsonia meriana makes cormlets as the flowers fade.
Butter yellow Commelina africana. Moraea bellendenii on the slope above the houses. Little white Selago. Purple spotted Stachys ethiopica.
Silver and white Acrosanthes teretifolia. Pelargonium lobatum has leaves like dinner plates, small lime and burgundy flowers. Cyanella hyacinthoides in the purely South African family Tecophilaceae is the Lady's Hand. If caught at the right moment and angle it is a perfect yellow kid gloved hand, fingers and thumb delicately proffered.
Elsie's Peak from Golconda Road. African blue skies caught in Salvia africana-caerulea. Blue Roella with a banded heart. Mauve Otholobium virgata.
White Gerbera linnaei has strange leaves 'cut into round twisted lobes'. Rust, cream and yellow Helichrysum teretifolia. Perfect little Protea scolymocephala.
Silver and flowers Syncarpha gnaphaloides. Chocolate and butter Wachendorfia. Green heart of Ixia dubia. Dense yellow heads of Helichrysum dasyanthemum.
Lemony Linum africanum. Cullumia setosa. Gladiolus carneus. Endangered Serruria cyanoides from one of 4 populations.
Trappieskop looking down to Fish Hoek beach and Silvermine River mouth, and across to Elsie's Peak.
Pink Pelargonium cucullatum, Aizoon paniculatum and Chironia baccifera. Pink and white Metalasia compacta.
Terracotta spots on Lapeirousia anceps. Looking from Slangkop to Hout Bay with Table Mountain in the distance. Dusky pink Salvia lanceolata. Muraltia spinosa berries.
White Dischisma ciliata. Orange bells Hermannia pinnata. Leucospermum conocarpodendron. Chrysocoma coma-aurea.
Cape Snow Syncarpha vestita. Succulent Lampranthus amoenus. Adenandra villosa with ant. Seeds of Trachyandra revoluta.
Wild rosemary Eriocephalus africanus. Carpenter bee on Pseudoselago spuria. Sawbacked locust Hoplolopha (flightless female).
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