|Diospyros villosus fruits|
Pelargonium luridum is a common plant in our grasslands, but occasionally one comes across one with unusual coloration like this deep pink one.
We found a number of our less common endemic species at our lunch spot in a fairly dry stream bed with a dramatic view over the gorge. There were a few Struthiola pondoensis with some remnant flowers at the edge of the stream, as well as some fronds of the attractive fern, Lycopodiella cernua.
Also in the forest we spotted the odd looking larvae of Flatid Bugs on their host plant, Salacia gerrardii, some of which had flowers.
Another member of this small forest patch was Bersama swinnyi - we found an open woody seed capsule on the ground below the tree.
Also showing off their unusual seed heads were several Othonna natalensis.
Reaching the rocky top of the slope we came across a Burchellia bubalina showing off its bright orange cluster of flowers, and in a nearby crack was a diminutive Carissa bispinosa in flower. On another rocky patch a Delosperma lineare shyly showed its bud, and tucked underneath the rock was a Cineraria albicans.
Much more in your face was a cluster of scarlet Erythrina lysistemon flowers on bare branches. On this same rock was a single Haemanthus albiflos in flower.
Sharing our lunch spot were several Crassula streyi - unfortunately these had only old flower stalks. At the edge of this riverine forest patch we found a few Manilkara nicholsonii with new fruits. We were very annoyed at once again missing this species in flower! Alongside these were some shiny leafed Mimusops obovata with their pendant flowers.
|Flatid bug larva close to Salacia gerrardii|
|Outer surface of Bersama swinnyi seed capsule|
Heading back up the slope after lunch took us back into the grasslands and here we saw a few delicate Dianthus mooiensis. Even more spindly was an orange-flowered Argyrolobium tuberosum. Near some rocks was a single Schizoglossum atropurpureum subsp. virens, and nearby was an old inflorescence of a Ursinia tenuiloba with pappus scales which look distinctly flower-like.
|Schizoglossum atropurpureum subsp. virens|
|Receptacle of Ursinia tenuiloba with white pappus scales|