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Van Wyksdorp - Klein Karoo South Africa | 2013 (1)

Publication Date : 2013-11-17
Author/s : Vernon Gibbs-Halls


Some Special Plants Vanwyksdorp Rooiberg

On the Rooiberg trip I was hoping to see Anderbergia rooibergensis and I thought I had.  Jan Vlok has this to say, “Nee dis nie ‘n Anderbergia nie. Ek is redelik seker dit val in die Athanasia groep, in welke geval dit tien-teen-een iets nuuts is.”

“You win some, you lose some”.  On the Rooiberg trip I was hoping to see Anderbergia rooibergensis and I thought I had.  Jan Vlok has this to say, “Nee dis nie ‘n Anderbergia nie. Ek is redelik seker dit val in die Athanasia groep, in welke geval dit tien-teen-een iets nuuts is.”  So I lost the Anderbergia and gained a sp. nova  On Wednesday WAGS walked the Doringrivier Circuit.  I have done this hike dozens of times. On Wednesday I noticed the dwarf subsp. form of Crassula ruperstris subsp. marnierana for the first time.  It was at Breakfast Rock, just where the jeep track turns into a mountain path.  It was so exciting.  This is thanks to Nicky, who posted it on iSpot a couple of days ago and alerted me to the presence of the plant.  She found it in a totally different locality. On Friday we went to Camferskloof.  Jeff Blackburn of Burnsleigh had assured me that the drift was drivable and indeed it was.  The Bus fairly sailed across the river.  We hunted up and down the firebreak for Disa spathulata subsp. tripartita, but after a while gave it up.  We walked west and suddenly there it was, in company with Satyrium pumilum (LC).  We are not sure of the subsp. of Disa spathulata, but are presuming that it is tripartita.  We will confirm this on iSpot. I have never seen the Satyrium before. Our destination was the top of the jeep track that heads east.  This is where we found the Psoralea sp. nova, which was confirmed by Prof. Charles Stirton.  It is fine fettle and there are a number of plants in this area.  It is probably fairly widespread in this amazing valley, but we still have to confirm that. This morning we are going out to count the Gladiolus fourcadei plants.  They grow on the Garden Route Development site and  both houses and a road are planned in this area.  We are hoping that we can change this, so that the plants have a chance of survival.  Currently, the Gladiolus is Redlisted as Critically Endangered. There will be about 12 of us.  The entire Outramps Group will be there, as well as Ken Coetzee and Marion Shaaf of Sharples Environmental Services. At the moment the mist is on the deck, which will make finding the plants a little more difficult.  Visibility is very poor, so we are hoping it will lift. The weather forecast for Friday is “iffy”, but  Jean is keen to visit the Herolds Bay Cliff path to see some Athanasias.  There’s always a chance of seeing interesting plants in this area, so it seems a good choice for this week’s field trip. Dankie en groeteDi Turner Outramps CREW Group – Southern Cape

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KINGDOM / PHYLUM
Animalia, phylum Arthropoda
CLASS / ORDER / SUB ORDER
class Insecta
order Lepidoptera
Heterocera Rhopalocera
SUPERFAMILIES
Hesperioidea Hedyloidea Papilionoidea
Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae
AUTHOR / COPYRIGHT
Author : James Smith
Photography : Dean Jones
Video : Malcolm Johnson
Copyright John Smith

 

ingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, and order Lepidoptera. Generally, the order Lepidoptera is broken down into two sub-orders: Heterocera (the “varied-antennaed” moths) and the “club-antennaed” Rhopalocera, the sub-order to which the butterflies belong. The Rhopalocera sub-order includes 3 superfamilies: The true butterfly superfamily contains 5 families of butterflies: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae.

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