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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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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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Monopsis unidentata
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
Cobra Camp An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Kommetjie
Duration: 2hrs
Lions Head Tiring    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Lions Head
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 - 5hrs
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine
Where: Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay
Duration: 5hrs
Jubilee creek walk An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Knysna
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  Harkerville Hiking Trail  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 2 days  
  Distance: 27km  
  Strenuous    Very exposed (not for people with even a mild fear of heights)  
Harkerville Hiking Trail
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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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  Some other edible mushrooms...  
Macrolepiota rhacodes
Macrolepiota rhacodes
Russula Capensis
Russula Capensis
Laccaria Laccata
Laccaria Laccata
Coprinus disseminatus
Coprinus disseminatus
Schizophyllum commune
Schizophyllum commune
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