Right where we parked the vehicles we found the first endemic species, the creeping form of Tephrosia bachmannii, and this was accompanied by several yellow-flowered Rafnia elliptica.
A little further on we saw Loxostylis alata, Ochna arborea and Adenopodia spicata. Working our way under branches at the forest edge we saw a flowering Ceropegia linearis and a few Gasteria crouchii. In the shade were several Streptocarpus haygarthii in flower and at the grassy edge we saw flowers on a Thunbergia dregeana. The Colpoon compressum were just starting to flower.
Anne clambered in under some trees and found Liparis remota in flower and a single Hypoxis membranaceus.
We pointed out Homalium rufescens, Strychnos decussata, Robsonodendron eucleiforme and a Dovyalis lucida as we worked our way along the cliff edges, enjoying the view down into the Umtamvuna River gorge.
Once back at the vehicles we decided to drive the short distance to Smedmore and have our lunch in the shade of the forest, We were greeted at the entrance to the forest by a splendid display of Riocreuxia torulosa. In the forest we found Bachmannia woodii just starting to flower and on the forest floor were numbers of Justicia tubulosa subsp. tubulosa (formerly Siphonoglossa leptantha)
|Justicia tubulosa subsp. tubulosa (Siphonoglossa leptantha)|
The Stenoglottis fimbriata on the rocks were showing signs of starting to push out flower spikes and we found the remnants of Disperis lindleyana. There was a Carissa wyliei - another species on Francois wish list (now sunk into Carissa bispinosa) - and Gail found a Crocosmia aurea up above us on the cliff face.
As we drove away from Smedmore we noticed a good display of Watsonia densiflora on the slope opposite us. We stopped on the way back to pull out several of the very aggressive invasive species Campuloclinium macrocephalum growing on the road verge next to the reserve fence.
|Display of Watsonia densiflora|
Participants: Anne S, Dorothy M, Elaine L, Francois du R, Gail B-W, Graham G, Kate G, Maggie A.