September hikes to Olifantsbos and Kommetjie
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Hiking among wildflowers
in the mountains
around Cape Town
It was March, just before our hard lockdown, when we last hiked at Cape Point. In September we drove down to Olifantsbos, hiked up the ridge, then along. Down the winding path to the Shipwreck Trail.
|Yellow flowers at Olifantsbos in September|
Yellow pincushion Leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron trails along the ground. Othonna dentata toothed leaves, succulent among rocks, loose clusters of yellow daisies. Golden Serruria villosa. Cullumia setosa flower. To the sea mounds of Cullumia squarrosa beach daisy
|Mostly purple and white flowers September at Olifantsbos|
Yellow and orange Manulea cheiranthus. Stripy Babiana ambigua. Double pointed Struthiola ciliata and single pointed Gnidia pinifolia crowns. Mimetes fimbriifolius dwarfing the boulder. Tiniest rosebuds Petalacte coronata. White Geissorhiza juncea. Muraltia satureioides
|At Olifantsbos in September mostly red flowers|
White cat's nails tucked in, and extended for Hyobanche sanguineus. Last of Audouinia capitata. Dimorphotheca nudicaulis buds between dusky pink and russet. Dark tipped Erica corifolia. Brick red and apricot Crassula fascicularis. Lachenalia luteola. Lemony Roepera spinosa. Euphorbia caput-medusae
|Agama, Serruria and Moraea at Olifantsbos in September|
Pair of blue-headed Agama fighting. We battled to find our target Serruria decumbens. Moraea neglecta with dotted stripes
|Winding path down to Shipwreck Trail|
Winding slowly down to the sea and the Shipwreck Trail at the Cape of Storms.
|Coastal fynbos with Maurocenia frangula|
I missed three hikes, one week rained off and two life happens. Back to Kirstenbosch, this time with my sister. In the Conservatory (built to protect plants from the very wettest corner of Cape Town) there is a Coastal Fynbos display. That is us on False Bay. For the first time I notice, that the tree in the corner is the Maurocenia frangula we've just planted in our tapestry hedge!
In July we hiked up Slangkop looking down to Kommetjie lighthouse. In September we wound slowly along the coast to catch the burst of spring flowers.
|Ferraria crispa at Kommetjie in September|
Starfish lily Ferraria crispa. Just a few perfect flowers, with buds lined up.
|Spring flowers at Kommetjie in September in purple and white|
Lycium afrum purple trumpets and long thorns. White daisies and stormy clouds. Satyrium odorum orchid. Scarlet Gladiolus cunonius spoon flower. Blue sky again for Slangkop lighthouse. Tiny Moraea setifolia tucked among the grass blades on mown verge. Sheets of white daisies purple budded Dimorphotheca pluvialis. Lilac vygie Cleretum bellidiforme.
|Yellow flowers at Kommetjie in September|
Prickly yellow daisy Cullumia squarrosa. Brass buttons Cotula coronopifolia. Cineraria geifolia (the leaves are distinctive year round). Alligator leather petals on Lyperia tristis. Male Leucadendron salignum flowers. Buttery yellow Moraea flava. Yellow vygie Jordaaniella dubius
|True blue Romulea tabularis Kommetjie in September|
Unusual to have true blue in Romulea. This is Romulea tabularis (= from Table Mountain)
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