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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, September 29, 2014
Bastard Cobas (Cyphostemma juttae)
Leaves are large, shiny, ovate, fleshy and toothed and fall off during the
winter months. Flowers are inconspicuous, but the large grape-like bunches of
bright wine-coloured berries near the end of summer make this succulent a true
showpiece for container and garden alike.
The tree grape is a slow-growing succulent with a huge swollen trunk
(caudiciform). These plants occur in Namibia where they are exposed to very dry
and hot conditions. Wild grapes have
therefore evolved and adapted very well in order to survive. The presence of
white, drooping, papery pieces of bark on the yellow green stems is very typical
of this species. In summer this helps to reflect away the sunlight in order to
keep the plant cool. The thick, fleshy stem and leaves act as water reservoirs
in times of drought. A fully grown plant can measure up to 2 m.