Proteaceae of South Africa

The Proteaceae is one of the most prominent flowering plant families. There are about 1400 species, in more than 60 genera such as Protea, Leucadendron, Leucospermum, Serruria and Paranomus. They occur in southern hemisphere countries. Australia has the most with 45...

Wild Flower Reserves of the Darling region

Darling is a picturesque village in the Swartland established in the 1851 by the then Cape Lieutenant Governor, Sir Charles Henry Darling. Surrounded by farmlands it is home to the famous Ms Evita Bezuidenhout, Ormonde, Darling Sweets and Darling Brewery. The small...

Biodiversity of South Africa

While it occupies only 2% of the world’s land surface area, South Africa is home to 10% of the world’s plant species and 7% of its reptile, bird and mammal species. Furthermore, it harbors around 15% of the world’s marine species. Endemism rates reach 56% for...

Biodiversity Hotspots of the World

A biodiversity hotspot is a biogeographic region with significant levels of biodiversity that is threatened by human habitation. To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot a region must meet two strict criteria: it must contain at least 0.5% or 1,500 species of vascular...

Biological Diversity

The United Nations designated 2011–2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and 2021–2030 as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Thus during May 2020 our focus topic is biodiversity. Bio-diversity is a term used and heard throughout the...

Ten Fynbos Facts

Agapanthus makes a decent fire-break. A common enough flower in South African gardens, agapanthus can serve as a fire-break if you plant it close enough to the house. It is also drought resistant and its leaves help relieve swollen feet if you put them inside your...