Enjoying winter rain and flowers in July
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Hiking among wildflowers
in the mountains
around Cape Town
In July we hiked the Red Track at Cape Point, on the level, stopping at each 'flower'. Flat blades like a bulb but weird tassel flowers. Thanks to sedgesrock at iNaturalist Chrysitrix capensis capensis.
The dead protea bush remembers the November 2017 fire, as does all the fresh green enjoying the rain. Among the tracks heading for the gurgling stream is this eland hoofprint. Protea cynaroides seedling.
Erica lasciva has a long stigma. Cream and burgundy Erica labialis with a weeping willow habit. White bells endemic Erica capensis. White head Stilbe vestita.
Sunshine from Leucadendron laureolum. Red legs or Berzelia abrotanoides. Everlasting Syncarpha speciosissima bud. Moraea collina olive green stripes on butter yellow.
Salmon Watsonia zeyheri. Gladiolus merianellus in the expected red / orange. Pauridia capensis striped reverse and yellow face.
Hiking round Spitskop at Silvermine. We walked along the Silvermine River then crossed it, among swamp daisies Osmitopsis astericoides and marsh pagoda Mimetes hirtus. Staavia radiata (Brunia family) the mauve is the actual flower.
White Romulea flava with central yellow cup. Yellow Oxalis luteola. Pink and blue Lobostemon fruticosus. Striped sepals on Euryops abrotanifolius.
Ivory bracts and male cone Leucadendron xanthoconus. Female cone Leucadendron salignum. Green protea beetle Trichostetha fascicularis. Tall pink Erica curviflora near streams.
Folded layers of Table Mountain sandstone at Steenberg Buttress from his hike.
Protea nitida (waboom) at Myburgh's Kloof looking across Hout Bay to Chapman's Peak.
Mushroom and fern. Arctopus echinatus bear's paws (!)
Apple green Protea coronata. Feathery Phylica pubescens.
Toothed leaves Othonna quinquedentata. Erica baccans flowers in fours, sturdy shrub in a fire protected pocket.
His hike a day late to enjoy waterfalls on Mowbray Ridge after fierce weather cancelled on their usual day.
On Elsie's Peak we walked across towards the abandoned quarry above the sea. White pompoms Brunia noduliflora. Lobostemon fruticosus pink throat. Blue stripes Lobostemon montanus.
Cape witch orchid Disperis capensis. Just above the quarry where I found a piece of mudstone to bring home.
While we waited to start, that 'sour fig' above the road is a prostrate pincushion Leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron (red listed as vulnerable, rose scented for pollinators, depends on ants to disperse the seeds underground). Female cone Leucadendron xanthoconus. The beard of the bearded Protea lepidocarpodendron.
He hiked from Redhill to Scarborough and found the rare yellow form of Gladiolus merianellus.
We hiked along Steenberg Ridge, the landscape keeping us always just ahead of that cold front and its fingers of cloud. Velvety Gnidia tomentosa. Yellow crowned Struthiola ciliata. Lobelia pinifolia.
Scrambling Bolusafra bituminosa, tar-scented leaves, striped buds, and yellow pea flowers. Ladybird on balls of Berzelia lanuginosa.
White Erica caffra, flowers and trunk are one plant. Furry pink bells Erica hirtiflora. White sepals and urn Erica luteola. Black heart in white Erica calycina.
Leucadendron spissifolium cone. Podalyria calyptrata sweetpea bush. Amphithalea ericifolia covered in flowers! Adenandra villosa china (as in porcelain) flower.
Two years of learning flowers on Fynbos Rambles and new flowers every week.
I hike with U3A (listed as False Bay)
His hike with U3A each week (listed as Cape Town)
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Pictures by Diana and Jürg Studer
Pictures by Diana and Jürg Studer
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