April hikes, City Nature Challenge, and email subscribers
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Hiking among wildflowers
in the mountains
around Cape Town
Fynbos Ramblers went to Silvermine West for Aspalathus. Blaze of Glory was where I got left behind, taking photos, and the path ended at a rockclimbing pitch! Vivid red Disa ferruginea. Marshmallow balls of Brunia lanuginosa. Rosy pink bell Erica ericoides with dark antlers dangling. Tiny mystery is waiting hopefully at iNat. Too late for Protea speciosa.
|Silvermine to Blaze of Glory|
Lemony flowers on TALL stalks above a rosette of leathery, toothy, shiny green above and white velvet below, Hermas villosa leaves. Aspalathus capitata was our target. Milky Erica lutea an urn with white sepals and curled back petals. Phylica dioica grows among rocks on mountains. Gnidia tomentosa softly furry.
|Silvermine for Aspalathus in April|
Back to Silvermine East for Witsenia maura. Tall in vivid colours (to match the bokmakierie's tail), but so hard to find among fynbos! Woody iris in marshes and seeps. Found only here on the Steenberg Plateau and at Cape Point.
|Witsenia maura woody iris in April|
Diosma oppositifolia short broad leaves. Spider with a web spanning about four metres. Diosma hirsuta long slender leaves also with the five chambered fruit. Cape satin bush Podalyria sericea. Blue african waterlilies Nymphaea nouchali var caerulea in the pond above Witsenia. Gladiolus brevifolius tethered against the breeze. Pink marshmallow daisies Stoebe fusca. Squidgy path with spagnum moss. Pink stars sparkle in an ermine coat Trichocephalus stipularis.
|Silvermine flowers in April|
Jurg's group goes up the rocks to the top of Slangkop.
|Looking from Slangkop to Hout Bay|
And looks down at the path that we will take next day.
|From Slangkop to its lighthouse|
We go from Slangkop, winding along along the sea to Soetwater. Phylica ericoides on coastal slopes. Searsia glauca trifoliate and bluegreen. Spectacular female Tarchonanthus littoralis covered in cotton bolls! Yellow Osteospermum incanum on coastal dunes. Muraltia spinosa with spines and tiny elaborate mauve flowers. Plantago crassifolia, plantain flowers, but strange broad fleshy leaves.
|Slangkop flowers in April|
Teatime I went to look at rocks. We watch the waves roll in and break. Vivid blue sky. Happy place!
|Teatime at Soetwater|
Top left edible dune celery Dasispermum suffruticosum. Top right with bottom left Hebenstretia cordata heart shaped fleshy leaves. Bottom Othonna coronopifolia glaucous leaves, 8 bracts around the flower.
|Slangkop flower and leaf pairs in April|
Large white with black head is sacred ibis. Smaller dark one is glossy ibis.
|Sacred and glossy ibis|
Solanum linnaeanum such tempting fruit, fiercely defended with thorns. Poisonous to sheep, and children (Google's priorities). With orange fruit and three horns Pteroclastus tricuspidatus. Euphorbia erythrina.
|Solanum at Slangkop in April|
City Nature Challenge
Hosted at iNaturalist. Cape Town won (again) with almost 5 thousand species.
One lump of ambergris added the sperm whale!
But this photo wins my prize, with two layers of colours!
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Even after years of following your blog, your wildflower photos never cease to awe me, Diana. I love the Ibis photo too. I'm glad your rambles are no longer encumbered due to the pandemic.ReplyDelete
Masked and distanced, but delighted to be OUT!Delete
Gosh, I wish I could stop over right now and hike with you! South Africa is definitely one of my preferred destinations. And you provide so much incentive to make it happen someday. Your photos and your shared knowledge are so appreciated!ReplyDelete
Looks like the view from Slangkop must be quite stunning.ReplyDelete
Your hikes are wonderful Diana. I envy you. Such biodiversity.ReplyDelete
Your garden is so lovely year round. We are having a rainy week here, which means the already high humidity will be even higher. I do love the hot weather though. LauraReplyDelete