There were eight participants in this morning’s post-fire plant monitoring walk in Fernkloof Reserve. We set off early so as to avoid some of the day’s heat and were up on the Jeep Track by 7:00 am.
Sadly, the Orchids appear to be somewhat static, with no new species in evidence. There were, however, many Disa cornuta, now in full flower, abundant D. bivalvata, some D. racemosa and a few D. atricapilla.
Walking in the burn provided its fair share of entertainment and I think I can safely say that Renee and Liz won the prize for the dirtiest trousers!!
I attach a selection of photographs which will give the reader some idea of what we saw. Perhaps the most interesting plant was a parasite, Cuscuta angulata, which most of us had never seen before. Of special note was the vast number of Hermas villosa, in full flower and providing a wonderful spectacle, especially on Adder’s Ladder.
Liz and Renee looking filthy
Hermas villosa with pollinator
Moraea ramosissima with pollinator
A frog in Roridula stream
Corymbium glabrum about to flower