A Successful Search

Sandy and Liz arranged a walk from Voelklip, up the zig-zag and through the ‘burn’ to look for orchids.  There were twelve eager participants and we were lucky to have cool, albeit windy, weather.  This meant that the round trip of 14 kilometres to Beacon Head (plus the climb of around 800 m) was a lot easier than it might have been in hot summer weather.

We were fortunate to see 5 species of Orchid, Disa tenuifolia, Disa cornuta, Disa uniflora Disa bivalvata, and our objective, Satyrium foliosum .  This was a particularly interesting plant as it has never previously been reported in the Fernkloof Reserve, so there was much celebration amongst the botanists in our group.  Of course, we saw many other interesting plants and flowers along the way and some of these are shown below.