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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum)

Family Sapindaceae
 A most pernicious creeper, that has established itself in the middle section of the Drive and the top section of Glenturrett Road and is now invading other roadways and becoming a nuisance to neighbouring gardens.
 This creeper seeds itself freely and when it has opportunity to grow, it quickly establishes itself, choking trees and other plant life. Residents should check their properties and boundary lines and remove the offender.
 Roddy Ward of Elland Road, an expert on our endemic flora and a sworn enemy of aliens, informs us that the creeper can very easily be pulled up by the roots.

Merely cutting it down allows it to shoot up again and to blanket trees and shrubs. If this is not possible a 'judicious' painting (not spraying) of herbicide on the stock will do the trick.