CREW report for August

(Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers)

FoTH Crew 2546 Gladiolus alatus JvdM FoTH Crew 3124 Disperis villosa Melda FoTH Crew 3571 Gladiolus watsonius FoTH Crew 4258 Geometric FoTH Crew 4307 Babiana blanda FoTH Crew 4438 Babiana stricta FoTH Crew 5179 Arctotis hirsuta FoTH Crew 5369 Spring day on TNR

FoTH CREW Report-back for August 2016

Friday 5th August: De Grendel We were asked by Cape Nature to give our input on the lower slopes and flats of De Grendel Wine Estate. We found the flats to be disturbed but the upper portion of the lower hills promising with a good population of Podalyria sericea VU, Othonna ciliata VU and Gladiolus watsonius NT amongst others. A separate plant list was made for these lower areas so as to distinguish between these and the rich area on the top of the hills.

8th August Milnerton RC: We joined BCA CREW and Landi Louw (Site Manager) on a visit to the southern part of the Milnerton RC.

Outing on Friday 12th August had to be postponed to the 15th August because of rain. This opportunity was used by Hedi to prepare labels for 40 Herbarium specimens returned by Compton. These specimens are still to be mounted on another opportune rainy day.

Monday 15th August: FOTH CREW visited Ruitersvlei in the Agter Paarl, added c 50 species to the plant list of the site, found a new population of critically endangered Babiana blanda and a Geometric tortoise was spotted by Melda. A very successful outing.

Friday 19th August: A repeat visit to Paradyskloof in Stellenbosch to check what is flowering anew on the Pine cleared plot (we added 39 species to the plantlist for this site) – also took this opportunity to check on the older vegetation to the south on Farm 369 nearby.

Monday 22 and Tuesday 23rd August

Jan, Sandra and myself attended the Mesemb course held by Cornelia Klak of UCT at the Research Centre in Kirstenbosch. This will help us a lot in identifying these difficult vygies.

Friday 26th August: Joined Jacques vd Merwe and Andre Rossouw of Cape Town City Biodiversity Branch, as well as Abrahama Saaiman and Ashton of the the Tygerberg NR in looking at the vegetation on the lower slopes of Kliprug Farm in the Contermanskloof Area. This will link up with Hillcrest and should be proclaimed as a Nature Reserve soon. The Mountain Bike Trail will no longer be available.

Saturday 27th August: Participated in the Annual Spring Walk with Penny Glanville and Pat Holmes. Misty morning turning into a glorious day, looking at the wonderful vegetation of our own Tygerberg Hill in excellent company. What could be better?


Hedi Stummer