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   Asclepias fruticosa   
Asclepias fruticosa
 
This is a small evergreen perennial erect, multi-stemmed shrublet of up to 2m in height.
All parts of the plant produce a white, milky latex when broken.
Syn. Gomphocarpus
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Simply Deliciosus
05-07-2010 22:05
Lactarius deliciosus

The appearance of this gill-fungus of the pinewoods is against it, although it is a good edible one and very common. Its general colouring when young is vivid carrot to orange or orange-brick, and to this it often adds in aging a rather daunting verdigris green. Old plants may even become entirely green. When handled or bruised it turns the same green colour, but these green stains need not put you off if the plant seems reasonably young and fresh.
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Devils Peak via Saddle path Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 hrs
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Cecilia Forest
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  Harkerville Hiking Trail  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 2 days  
  Distance: 27km  
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Harkerville Hiking Trail
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  Mushroom of the week  
 
Lentinus sajor-caju
  Photo submitted: klair (29 June 2010)  
  Mushroom found in Knysna forest  
 
Lentinus sajor-caju
Edible Edible
Size: 50 - 160 mm
Habitat: Grows in woods
Spore bearing: gills Gills
depressed  glabrous  decurrent  crowded
tapering to base 
Cream to brown, funnel shaped. This fungus is one of the wood decaying fungi and it is also referred to as a white rot fungus. The fruiting body is extremely tough with a well-developed central stalk, there are lamellate gills on lower surface.
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Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
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Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
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