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   Dorotheanthus bellidiformis   
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis
 
Attractive annual succulent with shiny colourful flowers.
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Cancer bush
21-08-2011 18:20
Sutherlandia frutescens

With its scarlet flowers and strange, swollen seed pods, its has a number of common names like balloonpea, peakankerbos, blaasbossie, hoenderbelletji the so called Cancer Bush, is a distinctive plant in the three Cape provinces of South Africa.

The Khoi and Nama people of the southwestern Cape and Karoo used parts of this plant to treat fevers and other ailments, and its medicinal uses were quickly adopted by the Dutch settlers.
 Cancer bush
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Dissotis princeps
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Erica taxifolia
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Crossyne guttata
Crossyne guttata
 
Disa graminifolia
Disa graminifolia
 
Haemanthus pubescens
Haemanthus pubescens
 
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Cecilia Forest An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Cecilia Forest
Where: Cape Town
Duration: 1.5 - 2hrs
Sedgefield Country Walk An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Sedgefield
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Harkerville Hiking Trail Strenuous    Very exposed (not for people with even a mild fear of heights) 
Harkerville Hiking Trail
Where: Between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Duration: 2 days
Jubilee creek walk An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Knysna
 
  Hike of the week  
  Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 8.5 hrs  
  Distance: 15km  
  Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights)  
Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
Photograph by: klair
 
  Mushroom of the week  
 
Pisolithus Arhizus
  Photo submitted: klair (23 June 2010)  
 
Pisolithus Arhizus
Inedible Inedible
Size: 60 - 170 mm
Habitat: Grows on the ground
Spore bearing: other Other
ovoid 
These large, rusty to mottled blackish balls have a well-developed rooting base which may resemble a long stem. Usually bright yellow-orange near the base. Old specimens erode at the top to release huge quantities of spores.
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Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum
 
Mycena viscidocruenta
Mycena viscidocruenta
 
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
 
Thelebolus terrestris
Thelebolus terrestris
 
Kalchbrennera corallocephala
Kalchbrennera corallocephala
 
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African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
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Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
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The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
   
   
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
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Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
   
   
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
   
   
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
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