‘Flora’ Category

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Backcountry of Marloth Nature Reserve

Forced off-route last night and now improvising, I’ve stumbled into the backcountry of Marloth Nature Reserve.

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Langeberg Flora

Walking through the fynbos surrounding Simonskloof and moving along the high ridge line of Langeberg, we left the lower hills of renosterveld and moved back into the mountain fynbos we were familiar with.

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Plant Identification Challenge

An interview with Henry, who set out to learn proper plant identification for 40 species of plants while walking on the Rim of Africa.

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Fynbos Flora Close-Up

Explore the diversity found in the details, patterns, colors, and textures of fynbos flora from close-up.

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Tannins in Red Water of the Fynbos

Why is the water red? The water looks like blood or tea, depends on the angle of the light, because of the tannins leached from the fynbos.

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Spread of Invasive Species

Skeletons of hakea bend over young saplings, illustrating the massive problem of invasive species in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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The Orchard

I didn’t breathe as I walked. Mute, stunned, and disturbed, I could not look away. How did I arrive here?

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The Cape Floral Kingdom

Tour an entire floral kingdom on foot to explore the world’s hottest hot-spot for biodiversity and endemism.

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Spotting in the Dark

As dusk faded and the night turned pitch-black and cold, I laid out my sleeping bag to prepare for another easy night under the stars. But when I rolled over, I spotted what looked like a group of conspirators in the dark.

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It’s Endemic and a Killer

Don’t let the pink flowers fool you —this Roridula dentata is deadly. But its thirst for blood is only half the reason why it’s special.

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Flora, a Prizefighter

I talk about flora a lot, referring to all the plant life I experienced while walking on the Rim of Africa, and for good reason— it is hands-down my favorite part of walking in the mountains of the Western Cape.

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My Favorite Mystery

I realized something while walking on the Rim of Africa: if you spot a unique flower out of the corner of your eye but don’t stop right then to photograph it, it’s likely you will never see it again.

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iPhone Shots : the Cederberg

Here are my favorite shots from the Cederberg, during my first week out walking the Rim of Africa.