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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
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cape Dandelion (Arctotheca calendula)

Family Asteraceae
 The Cape Dandelion is widespread and occurs in coastal areas or on disturbed soil the Western and Eastern Cape extending into Natal. There are about five species of Arctotheca in Southern Africa. In the Cape it is well known by its common name, the Cape weed.
 The name Actotheca is derived from Greek word arktos meaning a bear, theke means a capsule or a case. The species name 'calendula' comes from a Greek word 'calendae' meaning the first day of the month.
 This species is an annual herb or sprawling perennial growing up to 25cm high. The basal leaves form a rosette and are woolly above. They have deeply divided margins. The daisy-type flowers, up to 6cm, across are a striking yellow and are mostly pollinated by butterflies.