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Western Cape – 2018

September 14, 2018

At the end of August, a group of AGS members jetted off to South Africa for a two week tour of the Western Cape.

Located in the mountains of South Africa’s southern-most tip, the Cape Floral Kingdom is home to a wealth of diverse plant species.

The trip was filled with spectacular scenery, incredible plant life and some exciting wildlife. See some of the highlights below.


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Established in 1913, today Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden contains over 7,000 species of native South African plants.

Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch includes a wide range of garden settings. A fragrance garden, medicinal garden and Botanical Society Conservatory (housing plants from arid regions) are just a few of the flora collections you can see.


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Next, the group took in the stunning landscapes. There was plenty of Moraea species to see. They also got acquainted with some of the local wildlife, most notably penguins!


On a day spent near Langebaan (a town on the eastern shore of the Langebaan Lagoon, 120km north of Cape Town), Gladiolus carinatus and Ferraria crispa were spotted.


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Next on the itinerary was a trip to Darling (a small town home to hundreds of plant species). The group explored amazing reserves full of bulbs and annuals.


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There was plenty to see when the group headed to Nieuwoudtville. A town in Namakwa District Municipality, this area has more bulbs than anywhere else in the world.


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In Ceres, the group enjoyed beautiful weather and saw an array of oxalis and orchids including a very rare spider orchid.


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Tulbagh is a town situated in the ‘Land van Waveren’ mountain basin in the Winelands of the Western Cape. Here, there were more very rare bulbs to see.


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In the seaside town of Hermanus, the group were lucky enough to be taken to a private farm with the help of a local conservation specialist. Some of the bulbs spotted are known only from a tiny area so they were very fortunate to see them.


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