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   Cotula lineariloba   
Cotula lineariloba
 
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The Mighty Aphid
20-04-2010 22:14
Also called plant lice they are the bane of any plant enthusiast.

Aphids are found throughout our green planet, but are most common in temperate zones. They can migrate great distances, mainly passively through wind dispersal. Aphids have also been spread by human transportation by freighting contaminated foods.

The Anatomy of the little terror's are that they come in a variety of colours black, brown, pink and commonly green.
The Mighty Aphid
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Tulbaghia violacea
Tulbaghia violacea
 
Commelina africana
Commelina africana
 
Lippia Javanica
Lippia Javanica
 
Eucomis autumnalis
Eucomis autumnalis
 
Pelargonium hispidum
Pelargonium hispidum
 
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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
Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
Where: Grabouw
Duration: 8.5 hrs
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine
Where: Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay
Duration: 5hrs
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout
Where: Cederberg
Duration: 5 days
 
  Hike of the week  
  Tranquillity Cracks  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 3 - 5 hrs  
  Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling  
Tranquillity Cracks
Photograph by: klair
 
  Mushroom of the week  
 
Macrolepiota rhacodes
  Photo submitted: klair (14 July 2010)  
 
Macrolepiota rhacodes
Edible Edible
Size: 100 - 150 mm
Habitat: Grows in woods
Spore bearing: gills Gills
flat  scales  free  crowded
tapering to base  bulbous  double
At first bay-brown and dome-shaped, then expanding almost flat. The cuticle breaks into shaggy, concentric scales, curled upwards and attached to the surface with fibers. Margin overhangin, like a frayed hem.
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  Some other edible mushrooms...  
Coprinus disseminatus
Coprinus disseminatus
 
Russula Capensis
Russula Capensis
 
Schizophyllum commune
Schizophyllum commune
 
Lentinus sajor-caju
Lentinus sajor-caju
 
Laccaria Laccata
Laccaria Laccata
 
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ARTICLES

   
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp 21-09-2014 16:48
In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency.
   
   
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day.
   
   
RISING TIDAL POWER.
RISING TIDAL POWER. 21-02-2012 18:13
Schools of fish.
   
   
WEIRD WEATHER WILL LEAD TO GLOBAL WARMING ACTION ... EVENTUALLY.
21-02-2012 18:10
Sorry Europe.
   
   
WHERE’S THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY?
21-02-2012 18:08
It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.
   
   
  

NEWS

   
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
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.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
   
   
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.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
   
 
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