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Autumn-flowering Gladiolus martleyi has a scent reminiscent of roses.

Gladiolus martleyi - Rose-scented gladiolus

Gladiolus is not the first flower that one thinks of when asked to name a flower with good scent. It is true that the large florists' gladioli have no scent to speak of, but many of the smaller flowered species have very attractive scent. At this time of the year,… Discover more

The flower of Chasmanthe aethiopica is commonly known as the cobra lily due to the flaring petals apparently looking like the hood of a cobra.

Chasmanthe aethiopica - Don't worry, they don't bite

Chasmanthe aethiopica is commonly known as the cobra lily, but it is more attractive to birds than snakes.

Regular arrangement of spores on the underside of Hypolepis villosa-viscida

Hypolepis

Observation - Hypolepis - Southern Africa. Description: Growing along stream bank. Creeping rhizome with purplish slightly sticky bases to the rhachis

Lurid colours of a nymph of the Milkweed Locust, Phymateus leprosus, feeding on one of the milkweeds, Gomphocarpus cancellatus Animal Species, How To Level Ground, Nymph, Mammals, Habitats, Colours, River, Nymphs, Rivers

Gomphocarpus and Asclepias - Milkweeds of the Klein River Mountains

The common name Milkweed is often used for plants of the Apocynaceae family that produce milky sap. It is most frequently applied to members of the genus Asclepias. The genus Asclepias is a cosmopolitan genus that at different times has been split up into numerous smaller genera. Currently three species… Discover more

Dense flowered spikes of Aristea capitata (Iridaceae) are the reason for the common name Blue Rocket

Aristea bakeri and Aristea capitata (Iridaceae) - Blue Rockets

The Bloukanol, Aristea bakeri and Aristea capitata, are two plants that no-one can miss when the the flowers are open. Standing proud of the fynbos, they produce tall spikes of large deep blue flowers. This has given them another common name, Blouvuurpyl or Blue Rocket. No other fynbos plant comes… Discover more

Erica ericoides has small pink flowers with a beautiful honey-scent. Two very similar species, Erica barbigeroides and Erica russakiana, also occur in the Klein River Mountains and are compared.

Erica ericoides (Ericaceae) - Honey Heath

Erica ericoides has small pink flowers with a beautiful honey-scent. Two very similar species, Erica barbigeroides and Erica russakiana, also occur in the Klein River Mountains and are compared.

Watsonia schlechteri flowers in summer with intense scarlet flowers that can easily be spotted across the fynbos

Watsonia schlechteri (Iridaceae) - Summer Watsonia

In the shimmering heat of summer, the spikes of Watsonia schlechteri appear as beacons amongst the fynbos. Often producing a single spike of up to 30 large trumpet-shaped lurid orange-scarlet flowers, the individual plants can be spotted from considerable distance across the mountain slopes. While this certainly attracts the attention… Discover more

Predatory katydid (Clonia) depositing its eggs in the ground Tortoises, Flora And Fauna, Mammals, Insects, Africa, Creatures, Eggs, Turtles, Tortoise

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

Predatory katydid (Clonia) depositing its eggs in the ground

Sonderothamnus speciosus is a rare member of the Penaeaceae. It is only found in a few localities in the Klein River Mountains and Caledon region.

Sonderothamnus speciosus

Observation - Sonderothamnus speciosus - Southern Africa. Description:

Cyphia volubilis twines around a restio stem turning it into a flowering plant

Cyphia volubilis - Climbers in the Fynbos

Climbing plants are uncommon in fynbos. The principle behind a climbing plant in forest or bushveld is to reach the light above when other plants have a head start. So in fynbos, when every 20 years or so the canopy is burnt to the ground and all plants are back… Discover more

Cape Protea Beetles (Trichostetha capensis) don't just feed on proteas, here they can be seen tucking into Berzelia abrotanoides flowers Tortoises, Flora And Fauna, Beetles, Mammals, Cape, Insects, Africa, Flowers, Turtles

Beetle on Berzelia

Observation - Beetle on Berzelia - Southern Africa. Description:

A fairytale pond covered with Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea, the Cape blue waterlily

Nymphaea nouchali - Fairytale Pond

Whether reading fairy tales about princesses and frogs or Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher, a waterlily is an integral feature of ponds in children’s books

Ursinia quinquepartita grows in marshy places on mountain slopes.

Ursinia quinquepartita

Observation - Ursinia quinquepartita - Southern Africa. Description: Growing in seepage area on mountain slope

A beautiful clump of Haemanthus coccineus produces a splash of red amidst the brown

Golden flowers of Leucadendron microcephalum shine in front of an advancing storm cloud over the Akkedisberg

Leucadendron microcephalum - Golden Boot Polish

Leucadendron microcephalum, Leucadendron laureolum and Leucadendron gandogeri are three species of conebush with similar large golden flowerheads.