The area adjacent to a narrow valley seemed to have the best selection of indigenous species and the owners undertook to leave this area untouched. Since then the macadamia trees have been planted but the valley and a strip of grassland at the top have been retained in their natural state.
The first plant of interest we came across was Anthospermum streyi, a rare Pondoland endemic, growing at the edge of Msikaba sandstone rock plates. While this species is common in a small area of this grassland, we seldom see it elsewhere. Here we found it associated with Delosperma lineare. Other plants growing amongst the rocks were Senecio rhyncholaenus and Oldenlandia herbacea.
|Trimeria grandifolia fruit|
Below the wetland was a small dam and here we found Utricularia stellaris with its circlet of bladders just below the inflorescence, as well as Nymphoides thunbergiana.
|Fast food which was not fast enough - an Agama about to be eaten by a Grass Snake|