Holding Heads Up High

Serruria elongata (Proteaceae)

Members of the Protea family are some of the most photogenic plants in the fynbos. However, Serruria elongata is one species that proves an exception. It is not that it is an unattractive plant. It is just that it is extremely hard to get a good photo that captures its…

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Flask Heath

Erica ampullacea (Ericaceae)

With over 800 species of Erica in the Cape, it is not surprising that inventiveness is needed in describing the names of the species. In fact it is even harder than that as many species have inadvertently been described more than once. In total, over 2,000 different names have been…

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Winter Seasoning

Flowering branch of Erica imbricata (Ericaceae)

In colder climates, heath gardens are often created to provide winter colour, but in South Africa most heathers flower in spring or summer. However, there is a common heath, Erica imbricata, that flowers here at Phillipskop from June onwards. The flowers are white but they have contrasting dark brown exserted…

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Controlled Burn 2021

Controlled burn at Phillipskop

Visitors to the reserve this winter will undoubtedly notice that the lowest part of the reserve has recently burned. This fire was a controlled burn that took place on 14 June 2021 as part of the ongoing management of the reserve. This area, between the reserve’s self-catering chalets and the…

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