Holothrix schlechteriana at Papiesvlei

Today we were lucky enough to be invited to Papiesvlei, where we were taken to the site of a recently discovered Holothrix schlechteriana, a new Orchid for most.  It was quite an effort chasing through thick bush to the site, on a small outcrop of Calcrete.  Conditions are incredibly dry and it was amazing that this little plant could thrive and look so healthy in such a harsh environment!

From there we had a look around the farm, taking in the extensive salad production, excellent water reticulation schemes and, of course, some wonderful birds, including a pair of African Fish Eagles and a family of White-Faced Ducks with ducklings. Tea under the magnificent Oak trees was a fitting way to celebrate our successful venture.  Many thanks to Sandy and Brent for their hospitality!