Once we entered the Western Heights we saw great swathes of Watsonia densiflora. Just inside the gate we noticed a single Disa polygonoides like a small red candle in the grass.
We had a great clifftop view of the confluence of the Umtamvuna and Hlolobeni Rivers where we started our botanising.
|The confluence of the Hlolobeni River (top left) with the Umtamvuna River|
(hidden to the right of the green flat area just left of centre)
Nearby in the grass we found an Ipomoea crassipes.
|Craterostigma sp. nov.|
|Anne peering over the edge into the forested gorge below|
|Crassula obovata subsp. obovata|
|Crassula sarmentosa var. integrifolia|
|A bud on Caputia medley-woodii|
|Kate perched on a weather-worn rock just realising she had a lizard up her trouser leg|
|A weathered trunk of Tarchonanthus trilobus|
We walked on past several more patches of Craterostigma sp. nov until we reached the last point above Vulture Nek. With the weather starting to threaten we headed back and had a brief lunch stop on the rocks near the old vulture restaurant site before we were chased back to the vehicle by rain. We stopped on the way out to take photos of a small patch of Moraea spathulata.
|Anne and Uschi walking through a Watsonia patch|