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Short Planting Session – Tomorrow Sat 12 August

11 Aug 2017 Posted by in Environment | Comments

Hi all another post from Dalton Gibbs. - Come and help if you can, you will not be bored, see below for details.

There is a consignment of plants that have suddenly become available for Rondevlei and we would like to get these into the ground  before the dryness sets in. Apologies for the very short notice. There are not a lot of plants and this will be a short planting session; all located around the area near the Gantouw boma on Peninsula Rd. The area we will be working in is very close to Peninsula rd and there is cover in case of a tiny bit of rain which is forecast. Bring a small spade if you have; we wont be walking through any water so normal outdoor shoes will be fine.

So, meet tomorrow morning at 09:00 and we will be planting for 2 hours until 11:00. Meet at the security hut on Peninsula Rd, opposite the education Centre. For those that are there we will have the opportunity to see the Eland up close – they will be moving out to browse at about that time in the morning.

Thamnochortus erectus, a type of restio that doesn’t have a common name. So a picture is better!

Thamnochortus erectus, a type of restio that doesn’t have a common name. So a picture is better!

Above is a picture of the plant that we will be planting tomorrow – it is Thamnochortus erectus, a type of restio that doesn’t have a common name. So a picture is better! There are about 40 of these plants left locally on this corner of the Cape Flats, so the plants we will be planting tomorrow will significantly increase the population. Incidentally these restio plants are vital for the survival of the Dragon Disa; a unique orchid that is endangered now. This orchid (in the picture below) has a fascinating life history which involves deceiving the Long-tongue Fly for its pollination. But we are getting ahead of ourselves … comes along tomorrow to hear about the deceptive orchid and the poor fly …

Dragon Disa; a unique orchid that is endangered now.

Dragon Disa; a unique orchid that is endangered now.

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