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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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yellow Everlasting (Helichrysum cooperi)

family Asteraceae
This biennial aromatic herb grows in grassland, often near or on forest margins in the Free State, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho.
Height about 30cm. The flowers of Helichrysum cooperi attract many small insects like bees, flies and beetles which pollinate them when moving from one to the other. Seed dispersal is by water or wind. The leaves may hold the seed (fruit) with their sticky surface thus preventing them from being blown away by the wind.
Helichrysum cooperi is used as a love charm by the Zulus. The dry leaves are mixed into an ointment which is applied all over the body after the bath. As a result the desired lady finds the man irresistable. From a horticultural point of view Helichrysum cooperi is a good fill-in plant with its bright golden yellow flowerheads which may be produced for more than three months.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Aarbossie (Selago glabrata)

Family Scrophulariaceae 
Found growing in the Addo region.
Height: about 40cm.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bell Bush (Hermannia stricta)

Family Sterculiaceae
Grows to about 1m in height.
 It is drought resistant and found only on the arid regions along the Orange River

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Karoo Violet (Aptosimum procumbens)

Family Scrophulariaceae

A small plant which grows as a groundcover. Found in the northern regions.
Flower about 1cm in diameter.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wooly Dolls Rose (Hermannia althaeifolia)

Family Malvaceae

 A small bush about 40-50cm in height found growing in the Cradock region of the Eastern Cape.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Klimop (Cynanchum natalitium)

Family Apocynaceae 
 A creeper with a small flower found growing on the beaches and sandunes along the Natal coast.