5 weeks ago
Friday, September 23, 2011
Heritage Day and I would like to celebrate our botanical heritage with a hike in the lowland fynbos around Cape Town where you find a myriad (literally thousands) of species of rare and wonderful plants. Take this one for example: a young Medusa's Head Euphorbia (Euphorbia caput-medusae). Some specimens of this plant found their way to the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens in 1700, and they are still fairly plentiful in the sandy soils of the Cape lowlands fynbos. It almost looks like an alien from Hollywood!