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   Colchicum capense   
Colchicum capense
 
Stemless geophyte up to 0.1 m tall.
The flowers are found at the base of the bract and are usually
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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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Pelargonium betulinum
Pelargonium betulinum
 
Agathosma ovata
Agathosma ovata
 
Elegia aggregata
Elegia aggregata
 
Pittosporum viridiflorum
Pittosporum viridiflorum
 
Agathosma glabrata
Agathosma glabrata
 
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine
Where: Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay
Duration: 5hrs
Devils Peak via Saddle path Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 hrs
Sedgefield Country Walk An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Sedgefield
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Tartarus Cave Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: Boyes Drive
Duration: 3.5 hrs
 
  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  
 
Anthurus archeri
  Photo submitted: klair (28 June 2010)  
 
Anthurus archeri
Inedible Inedible
Size: 70 - 140 mm
Habitat: Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides
Spore bearing: other Other
The young fungus erupts from a suberumpent egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms initially erect and attached at the top. The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba.
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  Some other inedible mushrooms...  
Mucilago crustacea
Mucilago crustacea
 
Gymnopilus Hybridus
Gymnopilus Hybridus
 
Coriolus versicolor
Coriolus versicolor
 
Thelephora terrestris
Thelephora terrestris
 
Gymnopilus penetrans
Gymnopilus penetrans
 
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Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
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Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
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Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
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Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
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Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
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