The farmer took us to a road that followed the side of a valley, heading into forest and down towards the confluence of his stream with the Mtwalume River.
We elected to follow the track down into the forest for a while and we took time to add several tree species to the plant list for the farm. There were few trees flowering but we did come across some with fruit.
|Canthium ciliatum fruit|
|Cassipourea gummiflua var verticillata fruits|
|Grewia lasiocarpa fruit|
At the side of the track we found an Erica in flower with thousands of tiny white and pink flowers and on the other side of the track there was a Dioscorea cotinifolia with its upright flower spikes. Another roadside flowering plant was Osyridicarpos schimperianus.
After lunch we explored the grassland on the opposite side of the valley. The dominant flower here was Ursinia saxitilis, looking much taller than the Ursinia tenuiloba we find at the coast. Here we were observed by a small herd of zebra.
|Dioscorea cotinifolia flower spikes|
Baking in the sun just below the track was an Erythrina latissima just starting to extrude its terminal flower buds but otherwise looking very dormant.
|Erythrina latissima with new terminal buds|
We made our way back to the vehicle and had lunch and the impromptu planning meeting in the shade at the side of the stream, sitting under an Alsophila dregei.
|New leaves emerging from Alsophila dregei|
|Zebra amongst the Ursinia saxitilis keeping an eye on us|
We found both male and female plants of Acalypha glandulifolia flowering near one another, and at the top of the hill was a newly emerged Boophone disticha. There were also a few Eulophia hians and several Gladiolus wilsonii.
|Female Acalypha glandulifolia flowers|
|Male Acalypha glandulifolia flowers|
Participants: Anne S., Graham G., Hlengi M., Kate G., Renira B., Suvarna M., Uschi T.