October 01, 2019

The Beardless Wonder

Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
1st October 2019

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice."
Bethany Hamilton, American surfer
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ALBUM 1st October 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Central Kammanassie, Kleinmond, Ruitersbos, Harkerville and Out and About in the Southern Cape.
For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Diaries - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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HAT Evie in the central Kammanassie Mountains
I joined the South Cape section of the MCSA on an adventure into this remote corner near the head of the Kleusrivier. An area of deep gorges, rocky peaks and ridges, steep ascents and descents. Scenically it was wonderfully rewarding and some of the plants are unique to these mountains. This mountain range is relatively unknown - its make-up is a short chain running parallel, between the eastern Groot Swartberg and the Outeniquas.

Our group back-packed into the mountains to set up camp near the Kleusrivier. We set off with a bit of trepidation, as the local farmers had warned of very dry conditions and very little water coming off the mountain. Luckily, the 3 small streams at the head of the Kleusrivier were still flowing. Initially, a jeep track (on higher ground lined with gorgeous pink Agathosma ovata) helped us gain the upper slopes with relative ease. I say “relative”- a heavy backpack is never ideal! After this there were no further paths. It proved to be a great deal easier to hike, as a fire 20 months previously had cleared the original waist to shoulder-high Fynbos that we had encountered on previous trips in both 2015 & 2016! For the record, an archive photo is included on the Album
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From our base camp, we had 2 full days in which we were able to climb Perdeberg (1837m), as well as explore the ridgeline westwards towards Kammanassie Peak. Luckily, on the very dry dusty ground, I could recognize some of the resprouting and reseeding plants. On the upper rocky crags a few unburnt Fynbos pockets remain in good shape.

Many thanks to my fellow hikers for joining this trip, and for both their patience and interest in the plants, which are gradually making a comeback. My big hope is that there will be some good rains, and not floods in the future. The area could see serious erosion

Plants seen at high altitude include:
Protea punctata
Ground Protea tenax
Leucadendron spissifolium subs. fragrans
Leucadendron album
Numerous clumps of a spreading Phylica sp. (needs an ID)
Phylica meyeri
Old flowers on Syncarpha montana (R)
Pretty yellow Oedera decussata (R)
Agathosma pungens
Agathosma venusta
Dominant, colourful, resprouting Podalyria burchellii
Striking Anemone tenuifolia
Psoralea sp (? reseeder) in great abundance on the dry open ridges - currently had only empty flower heads.
Corymbium africanum is everywhere - flowers over.
Some of the Ericas seen
Erica discolor - as shiny, bright and sticky as ever.
New pockets of Erica strigilifolia in between rocky outcrops
Erica rosacea
Erica hispidula
Erica inamoena (R)
Erica andreaei
Old flowers on possibly Erica glandulipila (R)
Erica nervata; as well as a few I do not recognize!
Evie
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Outramps explore Kleinmond
Kleinmond: A Feast of Fynbos and an Arctic Fox

9/13 September 2019
Kleinmond lies in the embrace of the Bot River wetland to the east and the Palmiet river to the west. The coastal plain is flat and narrow. The dramatic backdrop behind and to the north of the town is the Three Sisters (634m) which runs parallel to the coast. Here, the north-south Cape Fold Mountains form a right-angle with the east-west range. Moreover, the Palmiet River valley and its rugged mountains form the unspoilt heart of the Cape Floristic region: It is known as the Kogelberg Nature Reserve.

The landscapes are magnificent and the plant diversity extraordinary. A large range of trails in the greater area allow for the delight of infinite exploration. Magriet Brink of Kogelberg CREW was invaluable in orientating us to the nature of the walks and plants to be encountered. We walked the Contour Path below the Three Sisters to Fairy Glen and explored the Palmiet marsh with Magriet; a short section of Rod’s Trail west of Betty’s Bay; the Three Sisters circuit and various ambles in and around the town and the coast.

To say that we literally tripped over interesting and Red Listed plants all the time would not be an exaggeration. The number of Red List plants noted is growing – twenty-six and counting.

The ‘Broadway Can Can – There’s-no-business-like-show-business-accolade’ goes to Mimetes hirtus (VU). It is a range restricted plant and under serious threat of urban expansion and civil unrest. The neighbouring community has set fire to the site before. These plants could not have stated their case more beautifully and eloquently to us. A stand of single-stemmed plants in full flower. Growing alongside - its ever-photogenic sister, Mimetes cucullatus is grinning from ear to ear. Can the zonation for this site be changed to allow for protection?

Other plants that stopped us dead in our tracks: Paranomus sceptrum-gustavianus (NT), Erica patersonii (EN), Brunia microphylla, Aulax cancellata, Erica retorta, Sonderothamnus petraeus (Rare), Lachnaea densifolia (NT), Leucospermum oleifolium.

Love at first sight: Erica bruniades, Diastella fraterna (Rare), Osmitopsis parvifolia (Rare), Erica holosericea, meadows of the russet restio Elegia stipularis, stands of Protea compacta (NT), Erica cristata, dainty Gladioli - Gladiolus bullatus & G. debilis, Geissorhiza ovata, Trachyandra hirsutiflora and Erica spumosa.

Magriet and Kogelberg CREW:
When Magriet came to tea it turned into a mini CREW workshop, exchanging ideas (interacting with municipalities - road verge mowing came up too!) and an impromptu iNaturalist demo. A photo of Ann’s Pomeranian Squiffus was used for an upload. Without a blink, mischievous iNaturalist identified Squiff as an Arctic Fox!

The past six years Magriet has made an incredible contribution in the Kogelberg area as a member of CREW. She mentioned that interest in this group is growing, given a boost by iNaturalist and Cape Town’s participation in the City Nature Challenge earlier this year. She is an enthusiastic member of the Caterpillar Rearing Group, they study and document the life histories of the insects for science. More information about this: https://www.lepsocafrica.org/?p=projects&s=crg and https://www.facebook.com/groups/caterpillarrg/
Sandra with Jenny and Ann
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Ruitersbos
Jan Vlok let us know that Leucospermum formosum (Endangered) was in bud and suggested that we make haste to see it. The Red List has this to say about this exquisite Catherine-Wheel Pincushion, "Three out of six known subpopulations are already extinct, and climate change models (Bomhard et al. 2005) predict a further population reduction of at least 50% by 2025". So we took our chances and headed for Ruitersbos on Friday 13th September. It proved to be our lucky day. Richard James from the Ruitersbos office came with us to have a look at this very special plant.

There was only 1 adult plant to be seen and it was in full flower. What was very encouraging - all the young plants in a radius of about 50x50m were approaching 50cm high. With luck and some decent rain, they should be flowering in about 2 years. What a show that's going to be.

Other rares seen on the day
Aspalathus digitifolia (Vulnerable)
Serruria fasciflora (Near Threatened). There were a number of adult plants, but stacks of babies coming up
Erica unicolor subsp. mutica (Endangered)
Protea coronata (Near Threatened)
Psoralea asarina (Near Threatened)

Thanks Jan for pointing us in the right direction. We had a simply marvellous day and many thanks to Richard for joining us for part of the day. It was great meeting up with you again.
tanniedi
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Harkerville - The Beardless Wonder
A couple of years ago, Johan Baard of SANparks was risking life and limb on the daunting cliffs of Harkerville hunting for a Bulbine. He was very surprised to come across a Gasteria perched perilously on a ledge on a vertical cliff-face. It was nothing like anything he'd seen before. He enlisted the aid of Ernst van Jaaarsveld, who confirmed it as a new species, described it and called it Gasteria barbae in honour of Johan.

Originally he discovered less that 10 plants, but after the 2017 Knysna fires, he could only find one plant. We met him at the Garden of Eden on Friday and then drove to the Harkerville cliffs to have another look. It was not ideal country for the crutcherati, although some of the others managed to do a fair bit of clambering. Still, they only found the one plant. I am wondering if our HAT and their rock-climbers in particular, shouldn't be enlisted to see if we can find more plants on those inhospitable cliffs. The plant is not yet on the Red List, but it will certainly be categorised as Critically Endangered, even if we find a few more.

It was great to see Johan again. Over the years, he bas been a great help to us. He is aways encouraging and his marvellous sense of humour is very entertaining. Dankie Johan for giving us the opportunity.
tanniedi
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Waboomsberg
Clear weather and balmy temperatures are unusual on this mountain. We thoroughly enjoyed the conditions, although the northern side was hot towards the end of the day. As always, the views from the summit were mind-blowing. It is one of my favourite places on earth.

Disparago kolbei was stunning in pink and it was great to see the brilliant blue of Nivenia binata in full flower. HAT Evie captured a lovely photo of Syncarpha milleflora, which had escaped the burn. A vivid pink Indigofera was eye-catching, as it hugged the sandstone rocks. The regeneration of the vegetation has been very slow post-fire. This is no doubt due to the ongoing drought, which is choking the life out of the Klein Karoo.
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Goukamma
Do yourself a favour and get there. I have been hiking Goukamma since 1970 and I have never seen it so beautiful. Magenta-flowering Dipogon lignosus is festooned over every black stump and burnt tree. Adding to the spectacle, you have deep-pink Senecio elegans and the pale lilac of Felicia echinata. Bursts of sunshine-yellow are provided by Osteospermum moniliferum and Ursinia anethoides and chrysanthemoides.

Doing the boat-thing across the Goukamma River in a howling southeaster was quite an adventure, as we rode the waves whipped up by the gale-force winds. It was wonderful to see Thulani and Thabego (? spelling) and to send love to Melissa and Thubani, who we were sad to miss.
tanniedi
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Let’s magnify Greta’s girl power
As humans and Climate Change tangle in a "for better or worse" scenario - I am buying into the the positivity of the rapidly growing South African tsunami of #ImStaying and marvel at the courage and outrage of 16-year old GretaThunberg, as she speaks for the Earth at the UN Climate Action summit in New York. Many scoff at her endeavours, but she is right of course. It takes 7,7 billion humans to apply brakes. I simply have to believe that even my everyday contributions, times 7.7 billion, make a difference. Please buy in and do what you can too.
Sandra
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Field Trips
The Ballots Bay trip had to be postponed because of heatwave conditions last Friday. Instead, we will be going there on Friday 4th October. The residents are very keen that we put up a Place on iNat for Ballots Bay and that we populate it with Observations. We are hoping to visit Towerland near Herbertsdale the week thereafter.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.

Area of Interest to the Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Baviaanskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/bo-kloof-guest-farm-baviaanskloof
Buffelsfontein- https://www.inaturalist.org/places/buffelsfontein-435-portion-2-albertinia
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
De Mond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/de-mond-nature-reserve
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trail
Eco-reflections - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/reflections-eco-reserve#page=1
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Great Brak River Conservancy put on by Stuart Thomson - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/great-brak-river-conservancy
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kouga Wildernis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kouga-wildernis
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay District - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mossel-bay-district
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Goudveld -
https://www.inaturalist.org/places/goudveld-garden-route-national-park
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Outeniquas Waboomskraal Noord - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomskraal-noord.
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist

Outramps CREW Group - all postings
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/outramps-crew-group
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geraniaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg

Outramps CREW Group - iNaturalist stats
59 138 observations
8381 species
(Updated Monthly)
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
Walkie Talkies - Botanical walks that include more talking than walking
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September 17, 2019

Edible and Delicious

Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
17th September 2019
Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are and Courage to see that they don’t remain as they are
St Augustine
ALBUM 17th September 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Gourikwa and Gouritsmond, Brandberg in Namibia, Meet and Greet, Ruigtevlei Plantations and Out and About in the Southern Cape.

For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Diaries - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Gourikwa
It was both a disappointing and exciting day at Gourikwa. Once again, there was no sign of Erica baueri subsp. gouriquae (Critically Endangered) in flower on the northern side. Without the flowers it is impossible for us to find the plants. The question, "Have they completely disappeared, or is the non-flowering the result of the continuing drought"? It has us stumped and very disappointed.

As for the excitement, we could have done without that too. Happily ambling along a track thart runs parallel to the road between Gouritsmond and Still Bay, we came across some beehives. The inhabitants were having none of us on their territory and attacked fiercely. Fortunately, we managed to evade the worst and liberal doses of Celestamine were administered to those who had been stung, We were pretty anxious, as two of the party are known to be allergic to bees. But there were no major ill-effects, probably because of the speed with which they swallowed the pills. The incident did cause some amusement, as Nicky and Jen showed a distinct tendency to fall asleep for most of the rest of the day.

On the basis of, “Discretion is the better part of valour”, we beat a hasty retreat.

P.S. to the bee saga: Sandra reprimanded Nicky, "What do you expect when you dress as a Bietou bush in flower - with NO reward to the bees?" Her rebuttal, "But I get into trouble with Di when I blend in...."

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Gouritsmond
Having been chased away by the bees at Gourikwa, we still had some time to spare for more botanising.

There is a trail that has been laid out on the north-western side of the Gouritsmond village. It has numbered plants that coincide with an attractive pamphlet that gives the names. Considering the dry conditions, a surprising number of plants were in flower. These were the specimens that occasioned the most Oohs and Ahs:
An incredibly floriferous Polygala myrtifolia
Falkia repens in pale pink and white
Lime-green Manulea - possibly tomentosa
Crassula ciliata
Gnidia squarrosa
A stunning Podalyria with large, cream flowers and dark-green leaves
And the most unlikely of all - a couple of stunning Gladiolus grandiflorus, looking a little out of place in the dry, coastal Fynbos.
tanniedi
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Brandberg in Namibia
A group of eight of us climbed the Brandberg in north-west Namibia in early June - a mixture of explorationists, rock-climbers and eager teenagers. It's a tough three-day haul to the peak and back, made even tougher as you have to carry a lot of water.

Brandberg is a steep-sided granite pluton that intruded around the time that Gondwanaland was breaking up and South America deserted Africa and set sail for the west - 150 million years ago.

Namibia is in the grip of a vicious drought and the dry weather meant that the mountain-top plants weren't at their best. However, the San and Damara rock art is fantastic - Brandberg is a world heritage site with the highest concentration of rock art in the world, with over a 1000 known locations. There is also an extremely healthy population of leopards atop the mountain feeding on fat little dassies.

Interesting plants seen include:
Euphorbia monteiroi brandbergensis
Welwitschia mirabilis
Nasaea luderitzii
Heliophila minima (large range extension)
Dave
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Ruigtevlei Plantations
I hope that you have picked up the significance of the rather "bont" Diary title, Edible and Delicious. Carpobrotus edulis and deliciosus were the most common flowering plants on the day making a stunning show of bright yellow and magenta. Also adding lilac to a rather drab landscape was Selago burchellii (Vulnerable). Every now and then, we spotted Leucospermum cuneiforme, gorgeous in yellow and orange. The occasional flower on Ruschia duthiae (Vulnerable) caused some excitement, particularly as it was a first sighting for me.

I mentioned a rather drab landscape. This is because large tracts of this plantation land have been sprayed with Glyphosate. What with Pines, fire, tree-felling, replanting and spray, the Fynbos must be thinking "If it's not one thing, then it's another." Fortunately there are lots of areas that have escaped, particularly on the north-facing slopes. Hopefully, the rain (when it eventually arrives) will revitalise the Fynbos. We were very pleased to see that the occasional Dioscorea burchellii (Vulnerable) has survived the onslaught.

The last time we walked around the vlei, the grass that inhabits the whole vlei-area was beige and gold. This time it was bright green. On both occasions there didn't seem to be any water in the vlei. Is that because of the drought, or is it always like that - an intriguing question?
tanniedi
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Meet and Greet
My Mondays are usually dominated by rather boring grocery-shopping sorties. It made a very agreeable change to go hiking instead. Jo-Anne King is the local Branch Chairman of the Botanical Society of South Africa and she had organised for us to meet the new CEO of BotSoc, Antonia Xaba. Toni had asked to do a short hike with the Outramps, followed by lunch. BotSoc. is the main funder of SANBI's CREW Volunteer Programme.

When in doubt, a safe choice is always Dune Molerat. So we did a shortened version, taking in the Swartvlei Lookout and avoiding the eastern water-logged section. Nobody was keen to wade into waist-deep, muddy water. We're definitely getting soft!

Cullumia carlinoides (Near Threatened) was over its best, but Erica formosa was making a beautiful Spring show. There is some debate about the id of a Hyobanche that we saw on a track off the main hiking trail, but the jury on iNat is still out on the species name. We were very pleased to see Lebeckia gracilis (Endangered) in flower.

And then we were off to Pomodoros in Wilderness for lunch, which was very much enjoyed. Toni is a real livewire and we think that the future of our beloved BotSoc. is in very capable hands. Thanks Toni for making the time to meet some of the members of the Outramps CREW Group. Altogether a very pleasant way to spend a Monday. I could just become accustomed to it.
tanniedi

Out and About in the Southern Cape

Herolds Bay
Metalasia muricata, Freesia leichtlinii subsp. alba (Near Threatened) and Cullumia carlinoides (Near Threatened) were the dominating flowering plants on Wednesday with WAGS. However for me, the tiny, delicate Euchaetis albertiniana (Endangered) was the star of the show. Huge waves pounded the jagged coastline and a cloudy sky gave promise of rain that never came.

Gericke's Punt
Again, it was an overcast and ominous sky on Wednesday with WAGS. We walked to Gerickes Punt and beyond, with a quick sortie up the Sphinx en route. And this time, there was a light drizzle as we got back to the carpark. Gladiolus cunonius and some rather bedraggled Felicia echinata were about the only plants in flower. By the time we got home, the rain had stopped. We can only hope that there is more to come.
tanniedi
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Hartenbos Heuwels – 1 September
A chance find of a Watsonia last year at Hartenbos Heuwels, where I only saw one plant, was a bit of a puzzle for me. I gave it a very tentative id of Watsonia aletroides (NT). It is a pink colour form and could even be a hybrid with Watsonia laccata. There had been a fire since the earlier visit and I was hoping to find it again. Babiana fourcadei, literally all over, was a delight and I was chuffed to find a small population of the pink Watsonia aletroides. They still puzzle me and I asked Sally to bear them in mind for MSB purposes.

Danabaai’s Painted Ladies – 31 August
Vincent Surics of Danabaai invited me to visit an open space in this Mossel Bay suburb to discuss management options for it. The suburb is developing rapidly, with the usual demise of indigenous vegetation. So it was a wonderful surprise to find a couple of Painted Ladies, Gladiolus grandiflorus, in full flower on the site. Good luck to Vincent and his worthy custodianship.
Sandra in Mossel Bay
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Field Trips
On Friday 20th, SIM will be joining Johan Baard from SANParks to check on Gasteria barbigera post-fire to the east of Knysna. Johan discovered this Gasteria a few years ago and it has been named after him. It has not yet been assessed for status on the Red List. We have never seen it, so very much looking forward to this adventure. The Ballots Bay residents have asked us to do a plant survey on Friday 27th.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.

Area of Interest to the Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Baviaanskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/bo-kloof-guest-farm-baviaanskloof
Buffelsfontein- https://www.inaturalist.org/places/buffelsfontein-435-portion-2-albertinia
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trail
Eco-reflections https://www.inaturalist.org/places/reflections-eco-reserve#page=1
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Great Brak River Conservancy put on by Stuart Thomson - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/great-brak-river-conservancy
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kouga Wildernis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kouga-wildernis
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay District - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mossel-bay-district
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Outeniquas Waboomskraal Noord - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomskraal-noord.
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist

Outramps CREW Group - all postings
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/outramps-crew-group
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geraniaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg

Outramps CREW Group - iNaturalist stats
57,770 OBSERVATIONS
8,242 SPECIES
(Updated Monthly)
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
Walkie Talkies - Botanical walks that include more talking than walking

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September 03, 2019

The Middle of Nowhere

The Middle of Nowhere
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
3rd September 2019

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”

John Muir, Our National Parks
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ALBUM 3rd September 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Fynbos Forum Field Trip, Wolwedans, Kouga Wildernis, STOP PRESS and Out and About in the Southern Cape.

For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Diaries - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Wolwedans
A couple of weeks ago, we joined Stuart Thomson on a walk below the Wolwedans Dam, at the request of the Great Brak River Conservancy. One of our objectives was to photograph the plants and post them on iNaturalist, so that the Conservancy can generate species lists and determine the way forward for the area.

After some to-ing and fro-ing, we found the meeting-place at the start of the hike outside the distinctive Beatnik Leatherworks building. The dry conditions were immediately apparent. The lack of rain in the Southern Cape is severely impacting flowering times and the condition of the plants. Week after week, the depressing sight of struggling plants is beginning to take a mental toll on the Outramps psyche.

The GBR Conservancy has done an admirable job of clearing Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana) in the river course, but there is stilll lots of work ahead. Both Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii) and the ubiquitous Aussie Invader Tree Fern (Cyathea cooperi) are getting a foothold. Rares seen on the day were Erica unicolor subsp. mutica (Endangered) and Dioscorea sylvatica (Vulnerable). The GBR Conservancy must be commended on their dedication and commitment to conserving the area. They are doing an excellent job under difficult conditions.
Tanniedi
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Fynbos Forum Field Trip
Elim Ferricrete Fynbos
Fynbos Forum Field Trip – 7 August 2019
Sean Privett of Grootbos led the group to Elim’s communal land next to the picturesque settlement. There is less of the endangered Elim Ferricrete Fynbos left than originally thought. It does not help that this endangered vegetation type grows on soil suitable for agriculture. As it is, the Agulhas plain has been transformed by extensive agriculture. There is also the looming presence of a variety of alien invasive plants.

We drove and stopped at three adjacent sites along a track, but the weather scuppered a visit to a fourth site further away, which is apparently quite different and very worthwhile to the Elim land. The veld presents as unassuming, grey, shin-to-knee-high vegetation, with scattered blotches of butter yellow. A delight to explore. It was teeming with new and interesting plants. It was also teeming with an array of plant lovers and botanists! That meant id’s on tap for the most! The sites varied along the track, in the way which is so typical of Fynbos. At the last count I noted 12 redlisted plants. Ooos and aaas marked all the spots where the dainty moederkappie orchid, Disperis capensis var. capensis, grew. It was simply glowing in the face of all the audible admiration. I swear I could see its tiny chuffed smiles - half hidden by the kappie….

Nodding shyly was Erica bruniifolia and then there was a ‘little pink Erica’, cute Clutia tomentosa, fragile Hesperantha fibrosa (VU) and interesting Proteaceae: Protea subulifolia, P. pudens (EN), P. aspera (VU), Leucadendron elimense subsp. elimense, L. modestum (EN), Paranomus abrotanifolius (VU) and Serruria fasciflora (NT). It was a real pity Echiostachys ecklonianus (VU) and Xiphotheca guthriei (VU) were not in flower, as Ismail pointed them out. He handed me the exquisite and pure white flower of Euchaetis schlechteri (VU), but was really on a mission to get to Erica regia subsp. regia (EN). Had I not seen this plant in the veld, I would most certainly have thought it was developed as a horticultural marvel!

Congratulations to Rupert Koopman and his team on a successful 41st Fynbos Forum at Baardskeerdersbos. May the forum theme: ‘ELIMinate barriers to conservation’ become a self-fulfilling prophecy for the Cape Floristic Region.
Sandra
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Kouga Wildernis
I have titled this "The Middle of Nowhere", but I could just as easily have called it , "On a clear Day you can see Forever". This vast untenanted land dwarfs mere humans and firmly puts them back in their place in the universe. The John Muir quote at the start of the Diaries could have been written for Kouga Wildernis.

We were anxious that the continuing drought would leave us with nothing to photograph, but in fact there was plenty, although the veld was looking very dry and brown. The first afternoon we walked up the kloof to the start of the Watervalle. Next morning HAT (Dave, Sebastian and Jo-Anne) set off to the summit on the northern side of the cottage where we stayed. Jen and Sandra went up the steep ridge and then came down the interesting Watervalle track, with ropes strategicallly placed to help hikers over the tricky bits. Bill and I walked to Koos se Bos and back. On Sunday morning, Bill and I followed the same route as SIM had done the day before and Jen and Sandra did Koos se Bos. With all that heen and weering, even I am having difficulty working out who did what.

Koos se Bos
The views were spectacular and the standout plants were Leucospermum cuneiforme in full flower, the delicate pink of Phylica lachneaeoides, tiny little Aristea nana, the pink and white flowers of Erica pectinifolia, a pink Ixia and a white Geissorhiza still to be id'd, the spiky and distinctive Muraltia juniperifolia, Erica andreaei in white, Carpobrotus mellei in palest pink and Erica newdigateae and Diosma hirsuta (I think).

But the undoubted "Star of the Show" was Relhania decussata (Rare). We have previously found this gorgeous plant on the Mast Peak, just west of Mannetjiesberg in the Kammanassie. It is a deep gold colour with an interesting bract arrangement, which is a brilliant, coppery colour. It is stunning!

Koos se Bos is a fabulous hike in magnificent surroundings and well worth the doing.

Kloof
A scarlet Erica, which keys out to Erica diaphana is causing some discussion on iNat. Kenneth Oberlander has referred it to Nick Helme, so we will see. A young Ilex mitis was growing next to the river. There was a stunning pale-lilac Selago and an Oedera that was much discussed. Pittosporum viridiflorum (Cheesewood) was spectacular, covered in yellow and red fruit and it was great to look at Virgilia divaricata and be sure of the species. The changeover from V. oroboides to divaricata happens in George and the result is often confusing. Pelargonium panduriforme was all over the place, Erica caffra was over our heads on the stream banks and Nuxia floribunda was covered in cream flower-sprays.

Steep Ridge and Watervalle track Circular
The path up the ridge is steep and challenging, but the reward is some stunning Fynbos at the top. The track down the (now almost dry) Waterfall track is definitely not for decrepit geriatrics. Rock-scrambling and using fixed ropes, puts this hike into the category of "Not suitable for Crutches". But it was loads of fun and in stark contrast to the other hikes we did at Kouga Wildernis. The ancients throughly enjoyed themselves.

Not seen elsewhere - Diosma rourkei (a first for all of us and on iNat), Caputia scaposa var. scaposa, Holothrix aspera, Argyrolobium incanum, Protea tenax with very broad leaves, a soft, silver-leafed Aspalathus - probably A. kougaensis, Aspalathus aciphylla, Syncarpha milleflora, Leucospermum wittebergense, Haemanthus albiflos, the delicate Geissorhiza heterostyla, Polygala microlopha, Haworthia mucronata and Dioscorea sylvatica (Vulnerable). In addition there were a whole lot of indigenous trees in the Kloof - too many to itemise.

It would take a book to mention all the plants. Those listed are by no means comprehensive. We had a wonderful 3 days on this remarkable property.
tanniedi
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STOP PRESS
During a recent discussion about iNaturalist's identification algorithm, Tony told us about the iNat app for kids called "Seek" (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app).

While reading the blurb I had a very vivid flashback to my youth. My most prized possession when I was about 4 was the little book "I-Spy in the Hedgerow" (one of a range of spotter's guide for kids; "I-Spy On the Seashore" was another favourite) - you'd look for things depicted in the book and then tick them off when you found them. The Seek app is totally the next century version and I'm feeling quite envious.
Sally

Some comments on Indigofera sp. 19
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11227523#activity_comment_335590
mr_fab commented - Need to see if ovary is hairy or glabrous, either way its one of the undescribed species
mr_fab commented
Collected this one today and am happy that its new and different from the one in Kouga. Going to probably be Indigofera outrampsii
Brian aka The Boy/Mr Fab
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Tierkop Peak
There was very little in flower on a freezing cold day with WAGS. But there's always something, even when the drought relentlessly tightens its grip on the Southern Cape. Most spectacular - the bright, golden Wachendorfia thyrsiflora in a seep and Cyclopia subternata on the southern side. A small, compact, white daisy on the track to the summit of Tierkop Peak defeats me. I think this is one for Jan Vlok.
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Field Trips
On Friday, SIM will be doing something on the eastern side of George, which we've rather neglected recently. There are various options, but we will confirm the destination later on in the week.

Our September overnighter will be from the 10th to the 14th September. We have been offered free accommodation in Kleinmond and that is simply irresistible. The fascinating Fynbos in that neck of the woods, will keep us more than busy and entertained for 4 days.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.

Area of Interest to the Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Baviaanskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/bo-kloof-guest-farm-baviaanskloof
Buffelsfontein- https://www.inaturalist.org/places/buffelsfontein-435-portion-2-albertinia
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trail
Eco-reflections https://www.inaturalist.org/places/reflections-eco-reserve#page=1
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Great Brak River Conservancy put on by Stuart Thomson - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/great-brak-river-conservancy
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kouga Wildernis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kouga-wildernis
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay District - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mossel-bay-district
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Outeniquas Waboomskraal Noord - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomskraal-noord.
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist

Outramps CREW Group - all postings
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/outramps-crew-group
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geraniaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg

Outramps CREW Group - iNaturalist stats
57,770 OBSERVATIONS
8,242 SPECIES
(Updated Monthly)
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
Walkie Talkies - Botanical walks that include more talking than walking
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August 20, 2019

Buffels in the High Hex

Buffels in the High Hex
(and on the Coast)

Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
20th August 2019

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“She naturally loved solitary places, vast views, and to feel herself for ever…alone.”
Virginia Woolf, ‘Orlando’.

Language can never ‘pin down’ slavery, genocide, war. Nor should it yearn for the arrogance to be able to do so. Its force, its felicity is in its reach toward the ineffable.”
Toni Morrison

‏In South Africa every August 9th is National Women's Day. It is a public holiday commemorating the famous 1956 march of 20,000 women on the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The quotes this week are taken from the writings of two of the foremost woman authors. These women came from vastly different backgrounds and lived at different times. Virginia Woolf was part of the Bloomsbury set in the early 1900's and Toni Morrison died recently at the age of 88. An Afro-American, she won the Nobel prize for Literature.
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ALBUM Tuesday 20th August 2019 https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNaaGbobMGS5d54xtkedntdkwemzBMy3OGE9azqCg1G-4DN0PzVmA7Bukpl5kVtSg?key=cEVIRUUyZzRiX0p2OGczTVlmRVFneWwtTS13N2Fn

For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Waboomskraal Noord, Heliophilas with Dr Pieter Winter, Buffelshoek Peak Hex River, Buffelsfontein at Albertinia, Out and About in the Southern Cape.

For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Diaries - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Waboomskraal Noord
It was a bit of a runaround to find the owner of the farm, which has an enticing ridge leading up from Waboomskraal to Doringrivier. Finally we spoke to Anton Kleyn, who was very friendly and gave us permission. We explored a section of this ridge about 10 years ago and didn't get very far. This time it was relatively easy going, as the veld was younger. We broke into 4 small parties and between us, scoured the length of it from Waboomskraal to Doringriver. Dave reached the top of the peak and the rest of us were somewhere in between littered across the slopes..

And what a haul of rares we had.
Lotononis filiformis (Endangered)
Rafnia vlokii (Vulnerable)
Acmadenia maculata (Near Threatened)
Pteronia hutchinsoniana (Rare)
Hermannia sp. nova (denudoides)
Aspalathus pedunculata (Rare)

The prize for the beauty of the day went to Heliophila glauca. It was very different to the 1m high plant that grows on Rooiberg and caused much discussion. Various postings of this stunning plant on iNat elicited a response from Dr Pieter Winter from Compton Herbarium. This discussion is featured a little lower down. Pieter is a great help and always vets our id's of the Genus Heliophila. We are enormously grateful to him for his expert assistance.

Typically we ended the day at Bobby and Ria's Famous Pizza Place, which was irresistibly tempting on the way home.. A huge thank you to Anton for permission to access the ridge. We are hoping to return a little later in the year
tanniedi
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Buffelshoek Peak in the Hex
The Hex never disappoints, especially when you get to ascend to over 2000m. Werner and I joined the largest MCSA meet we've ever been on (28 people) to tackle one of the Hex's classics — Buffelshoek Peak (2059m). On the Saturday we climbed up Bertsberg, where Werner felled many pines with his new hand saw. Along the way, he found a stunning population of Sorocephalus lanatus, which we discovered has the smell of burnt electrical wires, not unlike the Marsh Rose! We also spotted Erica glauca var. glauca, which was notably different to the Erica glauca var. elegans which we had seen a couple of weeks before in the Du Toitskloof mountains.

On Sunday we had a cold scramble up Buffelshoek Peak, which was still covered in sheets of snow and ice. To our amazement, we found feline footprints in the ice, which will hopefully be identified soon. Interesting plants along the way included Protea pityphylla (unfortunately not in flower) and Protea witzenbergiana. The rest of the finds can be found with the iNat tag 2019-08-(03-04) Buffelshoek Peak.
Peter
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Buffelsfontein at Albertinia
The Buffels must have been profuse in the "good old days". I can visualise them at Buffelsfontein near Albertinia, but over 2000m on Buffelshoek Peak is stretching it a bit. Coincidentally, our HAT from Stellenbosch visited Buffelshoek Peak and we explored Buffelsfontein near Albertinia in the same period. With buffalos around every corner, life must have been pretty exciting.

And life still is, but for different reasons. Mike promised us spectacular Fynbos and that is exactly what we got. Peter (young farmer) met us at Albertinia and took us to the farm. Driving the BMW on the farm road had some interesting moments, but we got there with only the odd sump-removing thump or two. Once again we broke into several parties, with Dave taking the high road as always. Between us, we did a pretty good job of covering as much of the property as we could see.

Our first excitement was when Jen found Erica platycalyx (Endangered) and it proved to be the find of the day. She has been hunting for this Erica for about 20 years, so she was absolutely thrilled. Leucospermum praecox (Near Threatened) and Protea susannae (Near Threatened) were all over the place. Leucadendron galpinii (Vulnerable) was ubiquitous. Heralding the onset of Spring, Freesia leichtlinii subsp. alba (Near Threatened) was shiny-white in amongst the stunning dark-blue of Aristea pusilla and a Babiana (something), which has yet to be id'd. There were a few Cullumia carlinoides (Near Threatened) past their best.

Down on the sandy flats, we were gobsmacked when we stumbled on Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geralton Wax), which has been planted on the farm. They were probably grown for the cut-flower market. There were both deep-pink and white blooms on different shrubs and they were spectacularly beautiful. We did wonder how much of a danger there is that these Western Australian invaders could colonise the area?

Erica platycalyx may have been the find of the day, but the plant which caused the most discussion was a single Protea scolymocephala (Vulnerable), midway up one of the hills. I didn't recognise it as one of our local Proteas, but Jen came up with the name. It is a sand plain species, tending to occur along drainage lines and adjacent seepage areas from Gifberg to Hermanus. Could it have been planted down on the sandy flats and migrated up to the hill? It remains a mystery.

Mike promised us something special and it was. Thanks to Mike and Peter, who made it possible. It will be just one of the many places to which we hope to return.
tanniedi
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Heliophila Discussion with Pieter Winter
This discussion took place on iNat. Dr Pieter Winter from Compton Herbarium id'd this particular observation found in Waboomskraal Noord by knysna_wildflowers aka Dave Underwood from the Outramps CREW Group.

knysna_wildflowers commented on the id.
Hi Pieter - tx. We have previously seen glauca on Rooiberg and it was large - more than a metre tall. This is a shrublet 200 - 300mm...?

pieterwinter commented
It was previously recognized as H. glauca var.purpurascens DC. I agree it looks quite different from the plants in the northern section of the Little Karoo. My interpretation of the taxonomic history is that Sonder in 1846 had to decide what to do with an entity named H. sarcophylla from the Langkloof. He could either make it yet another variety of H. glauca, or treat everything as one variable species, since he didn't consider it distinct enough to warrant species status. So he chose to sink it, and along with that, all the previous varieties as well.

So if we know more about how distinct the Langkloof plants are, and where the Uitenhage plants fit (the type specimen was from there), it may well be worth reinstating some of these entities or even raising some varieties to species level.

pieterwinter commented
My sense is that all the plants along the coastal mountains from Garcia's Pass to Stormberg may group with your George short plants, and may be distinct enough to warrant re-investigation. We would probably need other characters than only plant height, unless someone reassesses height in the other parts of the total species range (Anysberg to Uitenhage). This grouping would be contrary to how var. purpurascens was defined, since the latter's type is from near Uniondale. So the first question is then how tall are the plants near Uniondale?

pieterwinter commented
see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11172297
I think you may have been on the same trip? Would you say this is the same as those from the George area?

knysna_wildflowers commented
Hi @pieterwinter
Thanks for your detailed reply. I checked my records and unfortunately don't have photos for the Heliophila of https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11172297
I did have a look at the previous glauca reports and I see why you would call the conspecific = flowers and sepals very similar
Leaves maybe not so much though......?

knysna_wildflowers commented
I can do a collection if required - no probs........

pieterwinter commented
The leaves of the white-flowered Rooiberg and Gamka plants seem papillate, but those from other areas e.g. Witteberg to Klein Swartberg may again prove intermediate. Any Heliophila material is always welcome, as it will help fill the gaps in our understanding. Thanks for the offer.
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Bosduif Loop x 2
WAGS chose Giant Kingfisher for the hike 2 weeks ago. The boardwalk with crutches is a no-no for me in Winter because they slip, so instead Bill and I did the Bosduif Loop twice and finished at the same time as WAGS. The forest is dreadfully dry and still there is no rain on the horizon...........

Dune Molerat
This was our last Sunday hike before the start of the sailing season and the place is looking lovely, but also reflects the long-standing drought. Despite the dry conditions, early Spring is the season when all the "lovelies" start to appear..

Beervlei to the River
Marge (WAGS) had a bit of a "gedoente" to get a permit, but finally it arrived. As usual, Bill and I started before sunrise, did 15km there and back and finished at the same time as some of the WAGS hikers. As is usual, we joined up at a pub afterwards. On this occasion, it was in Hoekwil and was attractively called Skotteljons.

A highlight of the hike was seeing the flowers of Ochna arborea (Cape Plane) close-up for the first time. These gorgeous flowers were a first for me. The tree had fallen down across the path, so that we could see and wonder at the flowers at close range. They are usually high up in the forest canopy and hidden from prying eyes.

On the negative side, the forest was distressingly dry and the leaves crackled underfoot. If we don't get significant rain soon, there is an accident waiting to happen, as the threat of fire looms over us. Very worrying!
tanniedi
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Field Trips
We are off to Kouga Wildernis for our August Overnighter this coming weekend. With eight of us going, we are looking forward to great company, gesellige evenings and spectacular scenery. Plants that are different and unusual for us will also add a little spice. The following Friday, we need to hunt for Erica baueri subsp. gouriqae (Endangered), which should be flowering in the Gouriqua area. We haven't seen it for about 3 years.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
SIM tripsSouthern Cape
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.

Area of Interest to the Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Baviaanskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/bo-kloof-guest-farm-baviaanskloof
Buffelsfontein- https://www.inaturalist.org/places/buffelsfontein-435-portion-2-albertinia
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trail
Eco-reflections https://www.inaturalist.org/places/reflections-eco-reserve#page=1
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Great Brak River Conservancy put on by Stuart Thomson - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/great-brak-river-conservancy
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay District - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mossel-bay-district
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Outeniquas Waboomskraal Noord - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomskraal-noord.
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist

Outramps CREW Group - all postings
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/outramps-crew-group
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geraniaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg

Outramps CREW Group - iNaturalist stats
56,481 OBSERVATIONS
8,155 SPECIES
(Updated Monthly)
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
Walkie Talkies - Botanical walks that include more talking than walking

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August 06, 2019

The way is Long

The Way is Long
and getting longer
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
6th August 2019

Of all African animals, the elephant is the most difficult for man to live with, yet its passing – if this must come – seems the most tragic of all. I can watch elephants (and elephants alone) for hours at a time, for sooner or later the elephant will do something very strange such as mow grass with its toenails or draw the tusks from the rotted carcass of another elephant and carry them off into the bush. There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, an ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.”
― Peter Matthiessen, The Tree Where Man Was Born
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ALBUM 6th August 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Bosduif Loop, Doringrivier, Eseljacht, iNat Course with Tony and the Kat River Circular to Pepsi Pools
For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Reportback - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Doringrivier
"The Way is Long and getting longer
The path winds uphill all the way"
This quote comes from a plaque on the ascent to Waaihoek in the Hex River. The UCT Mountain and Ski Club is situated at the top and it is a "m--r" of a slog to get there. In this picture, Bill is approaching Breakfast Rock on the summit ridge of Doringrivier. It used to be a 'granny-walk", but old age has changed our perspective. The walk to the beacon with WAGS is now almost as difficult as Waaihoek used to be in the days of our youth.

Braving the freezing pre-dawn conditions, the effort was worth it. The views are breathtaking in all directions and we could see a light dusting of snow on the Swartberg. It is now about 5 years after the last fire and the valley is into full recovery mode. The Proteaceae are starting to flower and by next year we should have the sort of awesome display that only Doringrivier can produce. There was also the odd Hakea sericea seen and Bill dispatched a number of these.

This is a far cry from the days when Tony Marshall and Ivan Donian were in charge. When Betty and I first saw the place in the 1980's, it was wall to wall Hakea - so bad, that I thought it must have been planted. Tony and Ivan tackled the mess and returned it to almost pristine condition. To this day, Doringrivier Valley is a testament to the hard work and dedication that CapeNature has brought to the task.

Some precocious Proteas are flowering and many more will be in full bloom next year. Protea aurea subsp. aurea, Protea neriifolia, Leucadendron conicum (Near Threatened), eucalyptifolium, spissifolium and uliginosum are doing well. Although I was on the lookout for these understated little beauties, I saw no sign of Spatalla barbigera (Near Threatened) or Paranomus dregei. Serruria fasciflora (Near Threatened) is scattered sparsely along the lower reaches. Ericas seen were Erica rosacea, glomiflora, fimbriata, brachycentra, uberiflora, discolor subsp. hebecalyx, seriphiifolia and densifolia.

We selected a rock face shelter for brunch and it was only when we started packing up to leave, that I noticed Lobelia dichroma (Data Deficient) in the rock crevices behind us. Just below it, was Crassula perforata subsp. kougaensis, which used to be Critically Rare before the Outramps started seeing it all over the place. So with a warm, fuzzy feeling of contentment, we started back to the cars, followed by a brief stop at Bobby and Ria's Famous Pizza Place to refuel the inner man (or woman).
tanniedi
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Eseljacht
Dewald was waiting for us outside the farmhouse, when we arrived at Eseljacht. It is such a treat to work with people like him, who are enthusiastic about what we do and do everything to help us. Disconcertingly, when we arrived, there was thick mist on the ground and choosing the right ascent-ridge was problematical. However, it soon cleared and we were able to get on with our day. Nicky, Mike and Ann went west, after checking on the Psoralea sp. nova in the kloof just above where we parked. Jen and I headed for the summit.

As always, the summit proved to be well worth the slog. It is flat on the top with the most spectacular views in all directions. In the distance, the snow-capped Swartberg range was the focal point to the north, with the distinctive Camfersberg dominating the view to the south-west. En route, Brunsvigia josephinae (Vulnerable) was scattered over a narrow altitudinal range, also occupied by Printzia polifolia. We found about 20 low-growing Pteronia plants, which were resprouting post-fire on the summit. I think they may be P. hutchinsoniana (Rare), but Jen thinks not - it's a small matter of golden hairs on the edge of the leaves We will have to ask Jan. Unfortunately, there were no flowers.

The western-bound party found Aspalathus pedunculata (Rare) and will do a site sheet for the Psoralea. In addition, we are cataloguing all the plants that grow at Eseljacht. This is reflected on iNaturalist. There were 219 observations before this last visit - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds The new ones will be added ITFOT

Once again, a lovely day out with good friends, interesting plants and in magnificent surroundings. And as an added bonus - the soil was actually damp after recent rains. Hopefully the Langkloof will have more soon, so that the flowers get a hupstoot into Spring.
tanniedi
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What is iNaturalist?
It is a global community connecting people to Nature through their observations of biodiversity. The observations generate valuable scientific data at the same time. Yes, it is social – because it connects 750,000 scientist and naturalists across the world! It is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/what+is+it

SANBI scientist, Dr Tony Rebelo, presented iNaturalist courses to students, learners and the public this past week at the George campus of NMU during National Science week. Following Cape Town’s exhilarating victory of the interglobal city challenge, Garden Routers are now pitching for the Garden Route District Municipality (as a geographical entity) to plunge in for the 2020 City Nature Challenge.
( https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-cape-town)

The Garden Route districts’ stats on iNaturalist the past week reflected an impressive:
80,399 observations - which includes
32,367 observations by the top five Outramps CREW contributors: Nicky, Di, Sally, Brian & Sandra
6,430 species
1,421 identifiers
739 observers

Reverting from the virtual iNaturalist museum to a meeting with enviro staff at the Mossel Bay Municipality soon after the course, I casually mentioned the possibility of CNC on the Garden Route. What a lovely chuckle when I immediately got: "We’re in, Mossel Bay has to win!"!
Nou ja, lyk my hier kom ‘n ding!
Sandra
P.S. A big thank you to Pam from Slakplaas, who handled all the public bookings for the Course and under somewhat trying circumstances remained cheerful and unflappable.
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Bosduif Loop
We are still enjoying the sailing off-season, which gives us an extra day's hiking over the weekend. Bill and I decided on the Bosduif Loop high above the Giant Kingfisher Trail. It is very steep, so gave us a pretty good workout with spectacular views. On the negative side, the forest is worryingly dry. Currently, we seem to get little dribs and drabs of rain, but nothing really significant.

Kat River Circular
"And the Dawg came too"
This was a WAGS walk, but we are unable to keep up with them, so we form a separate party, start pre-dawn and usually end up finishing at roughly the same time as they do. The area round the Kat River and the Garden Route Dam is not really safe for two decrepit ancients, so on this occasion we took our German Shepherd Donna along with us. This area is one of the few places that you can take your dog, as it falls under the George Municipality.

In the stretch of afrotemperate forest leading to Pepsi Pools, we saw a number of trees that have been scarred by bark-harvesting. They were Olinia ventosa (Harde Peer), Gonioma kamassi (Kamassi) and Rapanea melanophloeos (Boekenhout). These are worrying signs, as this practice could lead to the death of a number of indigenous trees.

On the way back via the attractive path that winds along the banks of the Garden Route Dam, we met 3 young men from Pretoria University doing reseach on the Polyphagous Shothole Borer Beetle, which is attacking both native trees and exotics. The poor plants are being threatened on all sides by climate change, development, the traditional medicine trade and now this invader beetle.

We came home feeling a little depressed. But lest we forget - we are still unbelievably lucky to be able to be "Out and About" in the stunning Southern Cape surroundings.
tanniedi
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Field Trips
On Friday SIM will be visiting a hill close to Albertinia, which Mike Cameron will organise. He promises us spectacular fynbos. The week after (16th), we will combine with the Great Brak Conservancy to catalogue the plants on the Wolwedans Hike above the village of Great Brak River.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
SIM tripsSouthern Cape
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.

Area of Interest to the Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Baviaanskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/bo-kloof-guest-farm-baviaanskloof
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trail
Eco-reflections https://www.inaturalist.org/places/reflections-eco-reserve#page=1
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Outeniquas Waboomskraal Noord - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomskraal-noord.
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist

Outramps CREW Group - all postings
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/outramps-crew-group
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geraniaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
Walkie Talkies - Botanical walks that include more talking than walking
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July 23, 2019

The Keeper of the Gate - aka Amelia

The Keeper of the Gate
aka Amelia
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
23rd July 2019

From "Our Burning Planet"
"A coal subsidy is like giving a fellowship to a graduate student who wants to pursue a thesis on ‘Strategies for Stimulating Donut Consumption Among Diabetics’.”
Bill McKibben
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ALBUM Tuesday 23rd July 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Robinson Pass, Dune Molerat with Rupert, Goukamma with WAGS, Pass to Pass to Losberg via Montagu Pass and North Station.
For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Reportback - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Dune Molerat
This little reserve was looking gorgeous early on Friday morning. After light rain the night before, the sand was damp and all the plants were boasting raindrops on the tips of flowers and leaves. After so much drought, it was a sight to behold. We were pleased to find Gnidia chrysophylla (Near Threatened) in a new location on the Reserve and to see Lebeckia gracilis (Endangered) thriving on the Swartvlei lookout track.

Rupert Koopman, his wife Flo and their enchanting young daughter Amelia were visiting Strawberry Hill for an extended weekend. Rupert is the CapeNature botanist and a very old friend. Also joining us for the day was Brian du Preez (The Boy or Mr Fab), who was in the Southern Cape collecting Indigofera material for his Ph.D revison of the Genus. In order to accommodate all comers, the Outramps did a quick loop from the start of the trail, returning via the concrete road. We met the Koopmans at the offices and then did a loop to the Swartvlei lookout. Amelia enjoyed the walk thoroughly and kept up easily. On the way back we passed a couple of Protea susannae. The leaf of this Protea stinks of sulphur. When we gave a piece to Amelia to smell, she said very firmly, "No. Not nice!". Protea susannae (Near Threatened) doesn't naturally occur in this Reserve. The plants were introduced somewhere around the 1970's.

At the Rondevlei offices, we met Jonathan Britton, who was off to a community meeting to discuss the recent spraying of Glyphosate at the Ruigtevlei plantations. We would be interested to hear the outcome of that.

After a very pleasant walk we all joined LOT for lunch at a restaurant at Myoli Beach, suggested by Sandra. It was an inspired choice, as there was a small playground on the neighbouring dune. Amelia loved it and it wasn't long before she had appointed herself as "The Keeper of the Gate" between the restaurant and the dune. Her charm and organisational abilities are going to take her a very long way. Altogether, it was a lovely day out with good friends in our beloved Fynbos.
tanniedi
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Dune Molerat from Flo's perspective
A two-hour meander through the Dune Molerat Trail in the Wilderness National Park last Friday was really a lovely opportunity to show my little three-year old the many floristic wonders of the Eden district - a place I hadn't visited since before three fires ravaged large parts of the area. On the walk, we saw a number of Protea susannae and lots of Ericas.

Walking along the 5 km route of the trail, I was filled with awe as I chatted to experienced hikers and plant experts, Di, Jenny, Brian and Jo, who stopped every so often to point out an endangered plant or simply to help the toddler catch up. I was especially charmed by the story of a Harry Potter-themed dress-up party, while taking gulps of water, as we took in the magnificent view at one of the trail's lookout points.

I am personally quite fond of old, dilapidated buildings, probably because I like to muse about the story behind it. This trail did not fail in that respect either. As we rounded the corner and I saw an old home hidden between four large trees, I wondered what used to happen on the other side of those (now broken) bay windows.

A long while after the trail had ended, I was emptying out the sand from the inside of my shoes. I wondered out loud why I kept falling into all those little holes on our little adventure. "Must be where the name of the trail comes from," my husband smiled knowingly.
Florence de Vries
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Robinson Pass
LOT at Robinson Pass - 4 July 2019
Along the way we met Pam who handed over Indigofera specimens from Slakplaas to Brian. He is recording this genus for his doctoral studies and wanted to collect Oxalis ioeides (DDD) for Kenneth Oberlander at the start of the Kouma Trial at the top of Robinson Pass. Brian and Rusell found the tiny plants quickly and Brian collected a live specimen for the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden. He also noted two Indigofera species. The post-fire vegetation cover is still sparse and little was in flower, though Dilatris ixioides, Lobelia neglecta, Penaea acutifolia and Podalyria burchellii looked just lovely. Lower down, entire slopes were covered in the olive and grey-green of a low-growing, spreading plant. According to Brian it is Aspalathus digitifolia (VU) - a ‘lifer’ for him.

A couple of years ago I noticed Acmadenia gracilis (VU) at a road verge pull-over soon after the summit. It is an awkward place to stop on the pass given road bends, baboons and traffic and I have never dared suggest a recce here before! This time we were lucky – no baboons or traffic - and were rewarded by over 30 plants in a small area, both on the road verge and the other side of the fence. Here a cascade of broken up tar spilt down the slope. Together with the usual array of road verge threats, the valley to the east towards Doringrivier is overrun by Hakea, Wattle and Pines, a reminder that it is not a very secure spot for redlisted plants. Erica glomiflora and E. quadrangularis, senescent Protea neriifolia and P. eximia, Leucadendron uliginosum subsp. uliginosum and Pelargonium grossularioides were some of the other roadside companions.

Brian was using his iNat App to record plants and I sheepishly confessed that I have been unable to upload the geo-localities to my observations during my iNat App attempts. Needless to say, three seconds later I knew how to collaborate with my technology a wee bit better! Thanks Brian
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North Station
It is about 12 years, since the Outramps did their first CREW survey of the farm near the top of the Montagu Pass on the northern side that abounds CapeNature land. The farm is called North Station and was the "Old Hotel" in bygone years.. The Black Wattle-covered property has been transformed. Most of the wattle has been removed at huge cost to Dave McIntosh, who owns North Station. People like him deserve a medal for taking on the gargantuan task of restoring the Fynbos. The old house too is in the process of being returned to its former glory and the thick stone walls were again in evidence, after unsightly paint and tiles had been stripped. It has been a labour of love.

We received a warm welcome from Dave and the dogs who came with us some of the way, as we followed the watercourse and then started up an enticing ridge with a couple of irresistible kopjes. I pointed to what looked like the top and said, "That's where we want to go". Looking at the crutches, Dave said, "That's a long way. You'll never make it". But the crutches are deceptive and of course we did.

The rock slabs on the kopjes looked like the perfect habitat for Lobelia dichroma (Data Deficient) and indeed, there they were, cohabiting with the perennial favourite, Oldenburgia paradoxa, which was forming big green cushions in the rock crevices. Ann was busy finding and id'ing various Restios, which were thriving in the competition-free environment. Leucospermum cuneiforme was busy resprouting and as with Pass to Pass, the Proteaceae regeneration was huge. We think they'll turn out to be Leucadendron uliginosum subsp. uliginosum, Protea aurea and Protea neriifolia. Post-burn, walking across the veld was relatively easy, although the wind at the summit nearly blew us over, as it cranked up to chilly, gale-force intensity.

Black and filthy, after close encounters with the many blackened Proteaceae skeletons along the way, we reached the farmhouse to be regaled with cups of hot coffee and some of Dave's tales of the travails and joys encountered along the way to realising a dream. Thank you Dave. We are hoping to come back in the Spring.
tanniedi
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Goukamma
Bill and I went to Goukamma only a few weeks ago, but when it was the proposed WAGS hike for Wednesday, I was delighted to return. This time we descended the steep south-facing slope and then found a new route through the valley, which eventually joined up with the Rollercoaster. Bill has nicknamed our route the "Whippersnapper" and it is a very attractive hike. We were amazed at what a difference two weeks can make to the vegetation.

Gladiolus rogersiii is now in flower and Salvia africana-lutea will be at its best in a couple of weeks. Pelargonium betulinum boasted flashes of bright pink and Selago burchellii (Vulnerable) was all over the place. There was significantly more in flower on this second occasion. What a privilege it is to be back at Goukamma, which is one of my favourite places on earth. Thank you CapeNature.
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Pass to Pass - from an eastern perspective
Just by way of a change, Bill, Ann and I decided to hike a section of Pass to Pass from the top of the Montagu Pass to Losberg and back. The main WAGS Group are training for the Tsitsikamma Trail later in the year and did the whole hike from Outeniqua Pass to Montagu and back.

We had a pre-dawn start with a magnificent sunrise as our reward. The trail is very steep up and down and was testing for the Crutcherati, but very much enjoyed. Pink was the dominant colour of the day, with the odd flash of yellow from Ursinia paleacea, Bobartia aphylla and Osteospermum polygaloides. The pinks were small Erica seriphiifolia, Pelargonium cordifolium, Indigofera filifolia, Podalyria burchellii and buxifolia and the minute, undescribed Indigofera sp. 19. On the Losberg track there are lots of Hypocalyptus oxalidifolius springing up. They will be magnificent in a couple of weeks. The Proteaceae regeneration is massive, with Leucadendron conicum (Near Threatened) leading the charge.

The views were breathtaking and we had a wonderful day. We are so privileged to live where we do and to have the good health to enjoy it.
tanniedi
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Field Trips
SIM - On Friday we are hoping to visit Eseljacht in the Langkloof again to continue our survey through all the seasons. Hopefully they've had some of the recent weekend rain, so that the plants get a "hupstoot" towards recovery after the long years of drought.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
SIM tripsSouthern Cape
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas North Station -https://www.inaturalist.org/places/north-station-on-the-montagu-pass
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geranicaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the recent power outages.
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July 09, 2019

You are my Sunshine

You are my Sunshine
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
9th July 2019

The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the only one contained in its entirety within a single country. It is characterised by its high richness in plant species (8700 species) and its high endemicity (68% of plant species are confined to the Cape Floral Kingdom). The Cape Floral Kingdom thus compares with some of the richest floras worldwide, surpassing many tropical forest regions in its floral diversity.

A loss of Fynbos biome area of between 51% and 65% is projected by 2050 (depending on the climate scenario used), and roughly 10% of the endemic Proteaceae have ranges restricted to the area lost. Species range projections suggest that a third could suffer complete range dislocation by 2050, and only 5% could retain more than two thirds of their range. Projected changes to individual species ranges could be sufficient to detect climate change impacts within ten years. Midgley et al, 2002.

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ALBUM Tuesday 9th July 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the Slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Witteberg in the Du Toit's Kloof Mts, WESSA visits Endlovana, Gourikwa, Rock Art and plants at Jonkersberg, Goukamma and the Tonnelbos Circular.
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For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Reportback - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Gourikwa
A phone call from Charl Wade of the SC Fire Protection Association alerted us to the fact that most of the Rooikrans around the site of Lobostemon belliformis had been cleared. We have been trying to achieve this for umpteen years without success. The new owners of Gourikwa are very conservation-minded and financed the operation, whilst Charl organised it, after seeing one of our presentations.

He counted 78 plants, which is an increase from about 52 counted a couple of years ago. Lobostemon belliformis is Critically Endangered, so it is vital that it be given the best chance of survival. So thank you to Gourikwa and Charl for taking it on.

The veld was looking gorgeous and it made a very welcome change from post-burn monitoring, which is becoming a little tedious. The Lobostemon was in early flower and should be at its best sometime in early August. Erica versicolor was blooming in all its shades. Leucospermum praecox (Vulnerable) was in bud with only a few "voor op die wa" flowers. Of Erica baueri subsp. gouriquae (Critically Endangered) there was no sign, but it is early on in the year for that and we hope to see it sometime in September. Cullumia carlinoides (Near Threatened) was magnificent in bright yellow with the odd Bobartia robusta adding to the sunshine colours. We simply revelled in the spectacular coastal fynbos that is teeming with rares.

So thank you Helena. We hope to return very soon.
tanniedi
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Witteberg in the Du Toit's Kloof Mts
Werner and I had the idea for a quick getaway to the Kromrivier hut, with MO and Ian keen to join. We spent the Friday night in front of the fire (planning a trip to Matroosberg and possibly Keeromsberg for later in the year), with a lazy start to the day on Saturday.

The plan was to summit Witteberg via the Kromrivier Dome, which went smoothly for the most part. A couple of highlights of the trip include Brunia monogyna (awaiting confirmation) found by Werner, Erica glauca var. elegans and great stands of Protea magnifica and Protea amplexicaulis. It was interesting to see that just about every Protea amplexicaulis flowerhead had been ripped off the plant by baboons. Tony comments, "They collect them for nectar and for insects - especially borers in the base (for which you must pick to see if they are present), and I sometimes think, just for fun".

To end it all off, we came across entries from Di and Bill in the hut's visitor book — even when you're far away in the Cape, the Outramps are never too far away!
Peter
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Jonkersberg
We haven't been back to Jonkersberg for ages, but we managed to get there last Friday to do some post-burn monitoring. At this stage of the year, there is very little in flower, but we did manage to have a reasonable haul of rares, including Erica unicolor subsp. mutica (Endangered), Serruria fasciflora (Near Threatened) and Leucadendron conicum (Near Threatened), which was profuse in an unburnt patch. There are also lots of young conicum plants emerging in the burnt areas. Nicky and Ann took a different route and managed to find Acmadenia tetragona (Near Threatened) further east.

Undoubtedly the "star of the show" was Erica curviflora, which was magnificent in a large seep above the jeep track. The gorgeous orange colour was very eye-catching and captured the undivided attention of the photograpers in the party.

Meanwhile, Hugo and Bill, who had joined us for the day, went up to the road above the Perdeberg River to check on some rock art after the fires. Hugo's report appears later in the Diaries.

On our return to the offices, I was delighted to see Marius from Cape Pine again. It's been a while. His news is that they are leaving Jonkersberg soon. We won't miss the Pines, but we will miss Marius and his warm welcome. He has always been very happy to allow us in to monitor the plants. It would seem that DEFF will be taking over this magnificent piece of land. Let's hope that they are responsible and proactive custodians of the bowl that is enclosed by Engelseberg (2nd highest in the Outeniquas) and Jonkersberg, which comes 3rd. It is home to some spectacular Fynbos and some lovely patches of afrotemperate forest.
tanniedi
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Rock Art at Jonkersberg
The summit ridge, which links Engelseberg to Skurweberg, divides the rocky north-facing catchments of the Doringrivier Reserve from the much wetter greener basin of the Grootrivier (which becomes the Grootbrak).

While the area on the northern slopes of the Outeniquas is rich in rock art, I only have two records in the upper Grootrivier catchment. Both of these are in the valley of the Perdebergrivier and are north-facing.

The upper site contains about 30 paintings, all in red ochre. The paintings have faded over the years and there is water damage, but they appear to have been protected from the fire by two or three large blocks of rock.

The second site is an overhang, protected from the worst of the blaze by natural vegetation. The vegetation was itself burnt, but is resprouting. Damage to the paintings includes fading, water and some exfoliation, but is not recent. Many of the paintings are too faded to be easily identifiable, but there is one panel of reasonably clear animals. On the right is a creature which may have a long raised tail – a vervet monkey perhaps?
Hugo
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Out and About in the Southern Cape
Goukamma
Last week was characterised by domestic chores and prospective purchasers looking at Strawberry Hill. This meant that we missed out on doing St Blaize with WAGS on Wednesday, which was grumpy-making. By Sunday we were champing at the bit and decided on a quick paddle on the Island Lake and a visit to Goukamma.

The good news is that it's open for hiking again. Well, let's put it this way, "There wasn't a No Entry sign in sight". This is good news for the local hiking groups, as it's a great favourite.

The conditions for walking were perfect. A light southeasterly cooled us down and hazy conditions added a new perspective to the magnificent views. We took a slightly shorter route with lots of ups and down over the dunes earning it the nickname of "Mini-Rollercoaster". We know Goukamma like the back of our hand. We've been hiking it about 4x per year since 1970. En route, we met a group of 4 hikers from the Plett Panters who were checking to see if they could include it on their programme. We were all really thrilled to find it open. Thank you CapeNature. We are looking forward to the Spring profusion with great anticipation.
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Endlovana with Wessa and Nicky
This lovely property is in Brenton-on Sea and is probably the most catalogued piece of ground in the Southern Cape. Nicky lives nearby and has made it her business to know every plant that grows there and post pics of them on iNat. Recently she hosted WESSA on a Walkie-Talkie to marvel at the lovely plants and give some information about them. It was a huge success.
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Tonnelbos Circular
Geriatrics should exercise caution when choosing hiking destinations. Going up to Tonnelbos is steep, but a lovely and relatively easy walk. Going further through the Fern Forest and then on to the contour path that eventually leads to Tierkop was foolhardy, considering the state of the path and our age. We have been asking CapeNature to fix it for years. The track needs levelling out to prevent the almost inevitable slide on to the steep slopes below the path. The vegetation is relatively clear, but the going was extremely difficult for two tottering 80 year olds.

By the time we reached the ridge that allowed a bailout on to the higher road, there wasn't much of a debate. It was still a long way home for us, with a fairly lengthy and tedious walk along the railway line making it into a 7 3/4 hour day.

The Tonnelbos Circular is one of the most beautiful tracks in the Southern Cape. It deserves a higher level of maintenance.
tanniedi
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Field Trips
SIM - On Friday we will be visiting Kai Tiqua on the coast west of Ballots Bay. This trip has been organised by Jo-Anne King, who is the youthful Chair of the Garden Route Branch of Bot.Soc. SA
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
SIM tripsSouthern Cape
South Africa

All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-jonkersberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Langeberg https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geranicaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)- https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the current power outages.

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April 23, 2019

The Stone Walls of De Hoek

The Stone Walls of De Hoek
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
23rd April 2019

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop".
Confucius
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/F6CTRgxtj1ZQsoaQ8 - ALBUM Tuesday 23rd April 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the Slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured this week – Leopard Trail in the Langeberg, Robberg Corridor on the coast, a puzzling Gladiolus from the Klein Swartberg and De Hoek in the Groot Swartberg.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Leopard Trail in the Langeberg
HAT Evie’s report
Spending a weekend with the South Cape section of the MCSA at the “Langeberg Leopard Trail Bushcamp” allowed me to once again really enjoy the Fynbos. What a treat to walk through vast slopes of unburnt Fynbos. At this moment, our local areas in George are still at the slow recovery stage after burns 6 month ago. I was reminded how beautiful it is. There were huge hillsides of Protea Fynbos - creams and pinks on Protea aurea subsp. aurea with its “candlestick” new buds. Protea neriifolia in red, while Protea repens was mostly decorative pointed cones. Protea nitida showed off with red, new-growth leaves.

Then higher up the Erica Fynbos – decked out in bales of deep magenta-pink. Amazing splashes of colour! I had to get right up to the rounded terminal heads of flowers to notice the white hairy bits. Erica similis it is. Another very distinctive Erica - Erica grandiflora subsp grandiflora in bright orange and gold, with pine needle-like leaves, very much an E. vestita look alike. Other dominant Ericas were, E. plukenetii, E. articularis and on the lower open ground E. peltata. Muraltia species were well represented in deep purples.

On a less enthusiastic note – after walking 7 to 8 km through pristine Fynbos (no aliens visible), we rounded a corner turning into a deep, long, protected valley. What greets us – loads of Hakea trees (Hakea sericea) in all sizes? This continued along the old contour path towards the now disused Nooitgedacht Hut. The Hakea has found a good niche.

On the downhill return to our campsite at the “Leopard Trail Bushcamp” – super views across the Overberg. On closer inspection it was scary to note how dominant the individual Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsia) forests are on the farms bordering the Langeberg foothills.

Other huge eyesores are the utterly enormous covered citrus orchards. The locals tell us the structures have been initiated by overseas investors (?? Spanish). In Spain orange trees grow in their own fully automated and controlled microclimate. This reminds me of images I have seen of “plasticultura” southwest of Almeira in Spain. There an area of 20,000 hectares is covered in plastic roofed structures below the backdrop of the purple ‘Sierra de Gador” mountains. Is this the future of agriculture in the Overberg? Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Langeberg?? I shudder at the thought.
For images visit: https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/08/the-greenhouses-of-almeria.html

And thus, the long day’s hike eventually ended – HAT Evie was able to plunge to her hearts content in a huge, fresh, mountain stream dam near the bush camp, where we were to sleep our second night. A lovely campsite and a great weekend. All to replace our original booking for the Swellendam Trail. We are told by CapeNature that the huts are still being renovated and the trail remains closed. For how much longer??
Evie
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Robberg Corridor
12th April 2019
For most of the day there was a chilly wind swirling tendrils of mist around. It was our first visit to this property, which is in the process of being incorporated into the Robberg Corridor. RC is a stewardship initiative between the owners and CapeNature to preserve this wonderful stretch of coastal fynbos. This newest addition is owned by Jean More, who asked us to visit and make a species list for the property via iNat observations.

Post-fire, the major problem is that the aliens like Port Jackson and Rooikrantz are coming up like grass. Jean has had a couple of guys hand-pulling these out for ages on a daily basis. She has clear areas to show for it, but it is a daunting exercise and she could really do with some help. As part of the Robberg Corridor Conservation Initiative, would there be any assistance forthcoming from organisations like "Working for Water or Working on Fire"? Carlo, I would be grateful if you could give us some guidance here.

We were very pleased to see plenty of Acmadenia alternifolia (Vulnerable) thriving in the clear patches. Also present was a scattering of Oxalis pendulifolia (Near Threatened) on most of the land. We are sure that Muraltia knysnaensis (Endangered) is lurking under the forest of aliens, but we were unable to find any plants.

Here is the link to the specific iNat place - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
And below is the link to the entire Robberg Corridor Project https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8

After a very pleasant walk and fossick over the property, we returned to the house to a sumptuous lunch cooked by Susan, who could teach me a thing or two about preparing food. Or is it too late teach the old bitch new tricks"? Thank you Jean for a very pleasant morning and please don't lose heart. It is so essential that we have people who think and act as you do in the greater Southern Cape community.
Sterkte!
tanniedi
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STOP PRESS
Peter and Werner found a rather mysterious Gladiolus on a recent trip to Buffelspoort in the Klein Swartberg. Peter said, "I've been through the Glad book a billion times and I can't seem to ID it. I'd love some help. It's also strange to see it flowering at this time of year. It looks like a Glad I'd expect from the Boland".

So we sent the iNat link to Jan Vlok.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22597566

His reply, "The Glad is something that has been ‘a thorn in the flesh’ for me for several years. It is currently regarded as an autumn-flowering version of Gladiolus rogersii. Sure you will be equally surprised at this verdict. It has several distinct characters, including the almost terete leaf and hard corm tunics. However frustrating, I do understand why Goldblatt & Manning came to this conclusion. There are a great many variations of typical spring-flowering Gladiolus rogersii (including the once recognised Gladiolus rogersii var. vlokii) that links up to these Swartberg plants. At the other end of the spectrum there is a bright pink, late spring flowering version of Gladiolus rogersii on the Kamanassie mountains that looks equally distinct. For the time being we will have to regard them all as one species".
Jan Vlok
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De Hoek stonewalls the Ancients
17th April 2019
Advancing years and a wide range of injuries have all contributed to slowing the ancients down and there was no way we could keep up with our younger compatriots at De Hoek on Wednesday. After a vigorous argument (which Bill won), we went up anti-clockwise to the nek, where the track branches off to Gouekrans. This very steep section of the path is out of general use and was pretty bushed at times. Aspalathus shawii subsp. shawii (one of a series of plants known by the Outramps as Horribilis maximus) was the main very prickly contributor to our discomfort. At the nek we decided, "Discretion is the better part of Valour" and descended down again. The only plant with possible conservation status seen on this stretch was an Argyrolobium, which still needs to be id'd. The Proteaceae regeneration is going well.

I much prefer the clockwise direction which takes you up to some wide plains that are dissected by numerous small streams and are covered with interesting plants. It is particularly the way to go if you are doing a thereandback. However, I lost that argument...............

The rest of the party did the whole Circuit and reported similar findings to ours. They spotted Leucadendron tinctum (Near Threatenend) on the plains after the river crossing and the steep climb up out of the kloof. They had a wonderful day on this spectacular trail in the high Swartberg Mountains. Once again, I make an impassioned plea to CapeNature to open this magnificent trail to the hiking public. It is truly one of the best in South Africa.

An amazing feature - stone walls that cross the foothills for miles and miles. The theory mooted is that the farmers built these to contain livestock. It must have been very hard work, demonstrating that our forbears were certainly tougher than we are today. That is of course, with the exception of "Oom Willie van die Berge". After a long layoff after a catastrophic fall, he is fighting to regain his fitness. Watch this space!

And after years and years of visiting, we are finally making friends with Regina and Nellie, the Aunties at the gate. This time I got a huge welcome from Nellie and a hug to go with it. It was worth waiting for!
tanniedi
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Field Trips
This week we are doing an Overnighter to Oukraal at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve. We are keen to see the progress of the regeneration of the Fynbos post-fire. We will hike up Tierkloof, spend the night at Oukraal and then hike down the western boundary back to the offices. We are so looking forward to that.

Susan Campbell has given us permission to walk on her property, Endlovana, on Friday 26th April. We will walk down the road towards the coast. I will park a car there to bring everyone/drivers up. Hike suitable for all. I will meet Outramps at the gate at 8.30am. Please let me (Nicky) know if you would like to join us.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
Southern Cape
South Africa


All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Lange Berg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - : https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-roodefontein-440-ptn-42
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geranicaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary
MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the current power outages.

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April 16, 2019

Minwater

Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
16th April 2019
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best"
St. Jerome
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ALBUM 16th April 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the Slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured this week – Herbertsdale Road, Minwater, Holothrix brevipetala, Academic Achievements, some wonderful news about Lobostemon belliformis at Gourikwa and Cradock Pass in the Outeniquas. The ominous photo above was taken on Sunday evening before the huge windstorm hit George and Wilderness later that night. It reflects a very angry sky.
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For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Reportback - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6
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Herbertsdale Road
Thursday 4th April 2019
Rusell and I went in search of Brunsvigia josephinae (VU) along the Herbertsdale Road on Thursday. We first saw it nearly 2 years ago, but we were completely out of luck this time. On the plus side, the veld regrowth is progressing well post-fire.

If you look long enough, there is always some reward. For us on Thursday, the flower of the day was the stunning, scarlet Gladiolus emiliae (NT). We counted 6 plants in flower. We also saw Gnidia chrysophylla (NT) - many new seedlings.


The striking, golden Bobartia robusta was all over the place, still making a wonderful show. Another attention-seeker was the exquisite Pelargonium carneum. And the "Cherry on the top" - just as we reached the car after fossicking for a couple of hours, the first drops of rain began to fall.
Gail
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Minwater
Friday 5th April 2019
Our plans for the field trip on Friday were a bit vague. "Let's go and explore some of the foothills on the northern side of the Robinson Pass". Well that was the general idea, so how did we land up at Minwater? Well may you ask! We were driving along looking for a house where we could get permission, when suddenly we were at the gates of the quarry. A white bakkie driving by came to a screeching halt and with a huge look of surprise, Louis asked, "Maar waarnatoe gaan julle?" As "julle" didn't have much idea, Louis suggested that we go to his farm Minwater and he would get permission from various landowners for a visit to neighbouring properties sometime in the future.

Minwater is one of my favourite places on earth and Louis is one of my favourite people. He takes care of his land with passion and enthusiasm and he seems to know exactly where every plant grows on the property. A visit to his farm many years ago put us on the road to learning the plants of the Succulent Karoo. Combined with the Vlok Boekie, we nowadays have a working knowledge of the habitat type and the plants that grow there.

We were thin on the ground, with Nicky and Jen away and Mike otherwise occupied. Jo, Sandra and I, were all the Outramps could muster on the day and we had a wonderful morning fossicking. First of all, we popped in to show Jo the campsite. We are planning a 3 day trip there for early Spring. Louis said that there had been a bit of rain the day before and lots of termite activity confirmed this. In most places, the ground was already dry despite the rain. Many of the plants are looking very sad and many have gone beyond the point of no return.

But there was lots to find and enjoy. Firstly the rares - Pteronia hutchinsoniana (Rare) was over, with just the seedheads making the plants conspicuous. There was a Glottiphyllum which is probably rare, but we're not sure of the id. We will have to ask Louis which species it is. Sandra is hoping that we found Trichodiadema burgeri (Vulnerable). For the rest -
Vachellia karroo
Berkheya cuneata
Helichrysum zeyheri
Tylecodon reticulatus
Tylecodon paniculatus
Curio radicans
Euclea undulata
Crassula cultrata
Crassula tecta
Crassula cotyledonis
Crassula rupestris
Crassula muscosa
Pterona fasciculata
Pteronia pallens
Machairophyllum albidum
Portulacaria afra
Pachypodium succulentum and spinosum
Sceletium tortuosum
Macledium spinosum
Crassula orbicularis
Euphorbia heptagona
Crassula arborescens
Aptosimum indivisum
These were just some of the plants we saw.

The day was remarkable for the many miles that we could see without another person or dwelling or man-made structure in sight. The vast, empty spaces of the Karoo restore my soul and we are so privileged to have this on our doorstep.
Baie dankie Louis.
tanniedi
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The Outramps are celebrating!
Two of our young graduated during the last week.This is what Brian du Preez aka The Boy or Mr. Fab had to say.
" On 5 April 2019 the final chapter of my Masters degree was written with the graduation ceremony taking place on a beautiful Stellenbosch autumn morning. Having taken on the genus Polhillia for masters, I was able to describe 4 new species in the genus, while sinking P. canescens under P. connata. The M.Sc Botany degree was awarded cum laude and I was absolutely thrilled with this, having never been academically inclined.

The next challenge on my plate is to take over Dr Brian Schrire's work and conduct a revision of the Indigofera of the GCFR. A massive challenge, as we estimate there to be 90-100 species in the region with 20-30 that are undescribed and several other combinations that may need resurrection. I have been accepted to complete my PhD at UCT and have been awarded a departmental fellowship in the Biological Sciences department under Prof. Muthama Muasya. So please be on the lookout for any interesting Indigoferas anywhere in the GCFR and please post lots of good quality photos onto iNaturalist".

We will endeavour to do so Brian. The Outramps are proud of you and we will always remember the day you joined us, an awkward teenager at the end of your first year doing a Nature Conservation Diploma. En kyk hoe lyk hy nou!
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Jo-Anne King has very recently joined the Outramps. We first came into contact with her as the new Chairman of the Garden Route Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa. This young girl is doing a sterling job. By and large, her Committee is a young one with young ideas. They have started all sorts of initiatives and I can see the Branch going from strength to strength. It is wonderful to see the energy and vitality that these youngsters bring to the table. They have our wholehearted support.

Jo-Anne graduated last Tuesday with a B.Com. Accounting degree. She is investigating the possibility of doing Honours/Masters with the Sustainibility Unit at Nelson Mandela University. This would combine her passion for conservation with her business knowledge.

We would love to walk part of her future journey at her side and we wish her all the best in her endeavours. We will give her all the help we can.
tanniedi
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STOP PRESS
A window of opportunity has been opened for the survival of The Beautiful One (Lobostemon belliformis) at Gourikwa. It is Critically Endangered. Charl Wade of the Fire Protection Association based at Riversdale had this to say: "I have good news. We are going to start the above mentioned clearing in the next three weeks. The SCFPA will give the labour and Gourikwa will pay our transport costs." The plants are surrounded by Rooikrantz and the Outramps and Charl have been trying to get it cleared for about 10 years. At Last! We are celebrating! Dankie Charl.
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Holothrix brevipetala
My visiting sister joined me on a seed-collecting trip at the top of the Robinson Pass (Kouma Trail). We made slow progress as Lucy stopped every few meterfgvs for a closer look at all things natural. She turned up some fun things, such as the teeny empty insect eggs on the overhang of a boulder. Anyway, thanks to our glacial speed I noticed what otherwise would have been easily overlooked: a single leafless specimen of Holothrix brevipetala. While not boasting any fancy letters after its name, it is said to be found just occasionally, mostly after fire, from October to January.

It doesn't seem to have been recorded at this location (on iNat) and the only Outramp with the species on her list is Nicky (Montagu Pass railway). Another orchid to watch out for!
Sally
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Cradock Pass
Wednesday 9th April 2019
The last time that we walked the Cradock Pass and parked at the Ou Tol, one of the BM's windows was broken by vandals. We were reluctant to repeat this rather costly performance. So this time we parked on the northern side of the Montagu Pass just above North Station and Bill and I walked up the very steep path to the Nek and then down to the railway line on the southern side and back again. We met a small group of WAGS at the railway line. They had parked at Ou Tol and were walking down the Montagu Pass to the cars.

The regeneration of the veld is phenomenal. Proteaceae are springing up all over the place. Bobartia aphylla is going over, but the plants have produced millions of seeds. On the northern side, Watsonia fourcadei carpets the slopes and will be breathtaking when it flowers. On the southern side, the ferns are having a field day. The dominant species are Todea barbara and Blechnum tabulare.

Cape Nature have done a great job of repairing the path. Rocks have been put in the grooves that have been carved out by the SOS (Skelms on Scramblers). Do wish that someone would put them in jail for a night to meditate on their sins. Steps have been cut into the steeper bits and drainage furrows are in place. Lots of work has also been done on the neightbouring Flanagans Rock Hike. Good work, Cape Nature!

Rares seen on the day
Psoralea trullata (Rare)
Erica unicolor subsp. georgensis (Rare)
Leucadendron conicum (Near Threatened)

And then we all gathered together afterwards at the George Golf Course for some social interaction and a cool one. A magnificent day out in the Outeniquas on one of my all-time favourite hikes. Thank you Marge.
tanniedi
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Field Trips
It looks as if Nicky, Bill and I will be the only takers for a field trip over the Easter weekend. We will decide on our destination later on in the week.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
Southern Cape
South Africa


All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc AnneLise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Lange Berg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geranicaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the current power outages.

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April 02, 2019

Die Klip is Dood

Die Klip is Dood
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
2nd April 2019

“Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or started a business, or fed young minds. I believe in optimism. I believe in hope… Don’t let the cynics get you down. Cynicism is a choice – And hope is a better choice.”
- Barack Obama

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=be2accf3de565e1297257f79e&id=8113ba68c6

Meijersrust in the Swartberg
21st/23rd March 2019
Loaded to the gunnels, the Fortuner and the Drifter arrived at Meijersrust to a very warm welcome from Vivienne and Barry Meijer. The farm is on the south-western entrance to Meiringspoort and involved a fair bit of 4x4 driving to get to the Stone Hut where we were staying for 2 nights and some extra rough-road mileage to get to our kick-off destination for various hikes done on the 3 days available. It was an excellent chance for Jen to get some experience over rough roads and she managed beautifully.

We were so comfortable in the Stone Hut, with its spacious outdoor kitchen under roof. Bill and I slept in the back of the Drifter, which is one of my favourite things. Sundowners in the middle of nowhere, with visits from a herd of Eland and a marvellous story session with Vivienne and Barry were some of the special evening treats. A full moon was a glorious addition to the early evenings and 'first-light' mornings. We are so privileged to have access to the wide open spaces and magnificent empty views that this country has to offer.

The ongoing and crippling drought pervades the atmosphere, taking away some of the magic of our surroundings. The dams are mostly empty, or close to being dry. The vegetation is struggling. This made the startling discovery of the flowering Amaryllis, Brunsvigia striata all the more exciting. On the next day, the emerging Haemanthus sanguineus out of the sepia-dry soil was another cause for celebration.

A recent burn partially destroyed a magnificent campsite high-up on the southern slopes of Bloupunt and about 400m from the river, with waterfalls, gorgeous pools and rock-art sites. We are considering asking the Mountain Club to join us on a future trip to the campsite, but only after there has been some significant rain. It would involve about 2km of overnight pack carrying, unless Barry can get that stretch of road fixed, which is impossible under these very dry conditions.

Pelargonium glutinosum was all over the place. Near the rock-art sites, I sat on a rock and right next to me was a rather dry Otholobium swartbergense (Rare). There are two Aspalathus that could be special and Tritoniopsis revoluta, which was a first for me. Jan Vlok id'd Calpurnia intrusa, which I haven't seen very often. After some help from Mr Fab, one of the Psoraleas was id'd as Psoralea sordida, which has still to be evaluated for the Red List status. Common old Leucadendron salignum was stunning in scarlet. Good rains and Spring combined could give us a much better haul of Rares.

After a magical three days, we were sorry to leave. But it was "Au Revoir", because we will be back.

We went our separate ways on Saturday en route home. Jenny, Kath and Sandra took in Lisl Barry's exquisite art exhibition, "Birds of a Feather" at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn. Bill and I went east to recce the southern slopes of the Eastern Swartberg via Oulap. When we turned west for home, we took the road along the southern foothills of the Kammanassie below Mannetjiesberg. From afar the vegetation looks as if the post-burn regeneration is going well. "So many places - So little time!"
tanniedi
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Die Klip is Dood
A lost rock-chase
When the Meijersrust family of six eland and larger than life owner Barry and wife Vivienne all arrived at the Stone Cottage early evening it was hard to decide where to look and who to listen to!

The farm comes with a host of its own stories! This one as told by Vivienne...............
Long, long ago two young boys visit. It is the erstwhile farm of their uncle. As boys do, they start scaling the koppie near the homestead, marking their progress and exuberance by throwing ever larger stones and later rocks – the higher they go. With energy and enthusiasm at its peak, they reach the top and nudge a massive rock down the slope.

In its path, on the farm house stoep, sits Ouma with a ‘stukkie hekelwerk’ - no match for a careening rock heading her way. It takes a fraction of a split second for the two lads to realise the potential ‘squashed Ouma’ outcome of their fervour. They chase after the crashing rock. By now Vivienne ís the story. Standing up, her arms and legs pumping urgently - exactly as those of the two boys in their frantic tearing rush after the ill-fated rock. Two thirds down the slope, a reprieve. A barrier diverts the rock away from dearest Ouma, but now it speeds straight towards the homes of the volkies (farm staff). The boys are way behind and frantic, but then see the rock come to a dead standstill.

Most of the farm staff froze and watched the oncoming, inevitable disaster with open mouths, but now they are all in motion - dancing around the still rock. Hearts bursting with terror the boys hear the volkies chant: ‘Dis dood! Dis dood!’ Mortification spurs them on. Who is dead? What is dead? One of the staff? A child? A dog, a rooster? Who, who, tell us!
‘Dis die klip. Die klip is dood’!
Sandra
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A long weekend in the Baviaanskloof
20/24th March 2019
At last Evie made it into the Baviaanskloof. It has been on the list for some time. Nicky and I joined a South Cape Mountain Club meet. A few days beforehand we were told that a flash flood in the Kloof had resulted in our campsite being submerged by piles of river silt and black mud! Not wanting to miss out on the weekend we all said ”No problem" – knowing how much intense sunlight the area is exposed to, it will soon dry out.

Well – we arrived at Bokloof Campsite in the upper part of the Baviaanskloof, on Wednesday afternoon, to watch as piles of mud were being scraped away from the ablution block by an able team of workers. It was still muddy – we tried to choose the driest sites- in the full sun. We ended up having a wonderful camp – despite grovelling in the dirt for the first 2 days. Thereafter it did dry out. Luckily, this kind of dirt washes off easily in the shower and in the river. The rains and flash flood did make the access roads a bit more of an adventure into the unknown, and luckily added a lot more greenery to an area that has had a long and hard drought.

The Baviaanskloof is a remote area off the N9 in the Eastern Cape. The lower parts of the kloof are only accessible by 4X4s. Baviaans has that special, isolated and long forgotten old fashioned atmosphere. Amazing geology and sandstone rock features, with umpteen side gorges to explore. We had 3 days of exploring some of the smaller side kloofs cutting into the main Baviaans ridgeline on the northern side and a full day climbing up to reach a peak at 1242 m on the Ridgeline. The vegetation in the side kloofs was cool and green – mostly sandy dry riverbeds and super trees of all sizes. Special in this area is the Willowmore cedar (Widdringtonia schwarzii). Numerous colourful flowers, mostly Selago sp. exist in sunny corners. Nicky, who took photographs of all sorts of living bits in the kloof and on the hillsides will be making these available to all, once she posts them on iNat. For her, a first was the clump-forming stem-succulent Tridentea gemmiflora.

Obviously, I had to join the Peak outing - full sun all day, but at least there were some cool gusts at higher altitude. The fynbos was remarkable, and so very different to my normal outings into the Outeniqua mountains. Special Erica of the day – was E. pectinifolia – loads of bushes and small trees of this gorgeous hairy, pink and white large-tubed Erica. An unusual, and for me unknown, hairy tubular Erica was found only on the Peak area, while good populations of other Erica’s were possibly E. andreaei and E. rosacea. (Jen id'd the unknown Erica as E. sparrmanii - ed)

The Protea plants were certainly there - mostly only on higher ground, P. neriifolia, P. punctata, the pine-needle Leucadendron nobile – very special to this area, with numerous plants at higher altitude; Leucadendron spissifolium subsp. phillipsii, Leucospermum cuneiforme and royenifolium. At last I have seen an abundance of Agathosma mucronulata – it was all over the ridges. There was a dominance of grey Aspalathus kougaensis. Otherwise good populations of other Aspalathus, Agathosma, Phylica, and Selago species, all still to be id’d.

As always – far too much to absorb in one day of uphill. Glad to notice that there were no alien threats at all on high levels. Then the hot afternoon downhill run – and a lucky find “a big washed out gat’, in a flowing river on the way home.
Evie
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De Grote Kosyn
MCSA hike on 17th March 2019
On Sunday 17th March I joined the MCSA hacking and alien removal hike to De Grote Kosyn led by Jane Luck. As meet leader, she kindly agreed that as the hike was a there-and-back, I could go at my own pace, photographing flowers, insects, frogs and whatever else caught my eye. I was keen to see what had changed since my last visit in 2017, which was shortly after the area had been burnt.

Although there were some puddles of water, the ground was dry and there was not the diversity of plants I have seen on previous visits. I did spot a Cape River Frog (Amietia fuscigula) trying very hard not to be seen in one of the muddy, shallow pools along the path and the large purple flowers of Polygala teretifolia could not be missed, but otherwise the vegetation looked rather sad. I found 4 plants of Hermannia bifaria. This is the Hermannia that David Gwynne Evans identified as a ‘lost’ specimen after my last visit. The name is still not recognised by iNaturalist.

Due to the lack of diversity and not taking so many photographs, I had time to walk through the section of Afrotemperate forest and into the tall fynbos on the other side. There the display of Ericas and Proteaceae was beautiful, even the odd Hakea that had escaped the clippers and panga wielders could not spoil the view.

While wandering through this head-high and higher fynbos, I met the first of the other hikers on their return to the cars. They had enjoyed a swim in the Grote Kosyn, but it was time for me to turn around and head back to the start, without even seeing the deep, water-worn fissure on the Palmiet River. Before long, all the hikers had passed me, but I don’t think I kept them waiting too long at the finish, most of my photography had been done on the way in!
Nicky
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Field Trips
Currently the weather forecast is behaving very irrationally and can't make up its mind. So if it's hot and we can get permission from Heine Muller, SIM will be visiting Spioenkop to see Dioscorea burchelli in flower. If it's raining, we will do some more exploring on the northern side of the Robinson Pass. We will have more clarity by Wednesday evening.

LOT will be exploring a section of the Herbertsdale road on Thursday.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
Southern Cape
South Africa
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All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc Annelise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Lange Berg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Bloupunt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bloupunt-swartberg
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Geranicaceae of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/geraniaceae-of-the-southern-cape-of-south-africa
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the current power outages.

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