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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, November 7, 2013

Wild Orchid (Polystachya pubescens)

Family Orchidaceae 
For some reason I have never really associated orchids as a typical plant for South Africa as one imagines they only grown in tropical rainforests so it surprised me to learn that we have over 160 indigenous species, some growing in bushveld areas.
This beauty however comes from the forest area of Woody Cape which lies along the coast and situated about half way between East London and Port Elizabeth.
The flowers are small, about 2cm in length.
 The plant grows in the upper areas of trees where it clings to the bark.