Plant of the Week

Colchicum capense

Colchicum capense
Submitted by: klair
Stemless geophyte up to 0.1 m tall. The flowers are found at the base of the bract and are usually green-white.More

African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing

by Anonymous PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day. Now, October often stretches into November, and November into December, before the rain comes. The rainy season in this largely poor... More
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing

Hike of the Week

Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve


Where: Grabouw
Duration: 8.5 hrs
Distance: 15km

The gorge lies lower down the same river as Suicide Gorge. Nervous beginners can avoid most of the jumps or do them from a low spot. The highest jump on this circular route is 7m.

You should be reasonably fit, willing to swim in cold water and not be afraid of heights if you want to tackle the...

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights)
Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
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Anthurus archeri
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Mushroom of the Week

sdsd Anthurus archeri


Size: 70mm - 140mm
Habitat: Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides
other Spore bearing: Other

The young fungus erupts from a suberumpent egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms initially erect and attached at the top. The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. In maturity it smells of putrid flesh.

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Articles

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    In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency. During these blackouts, factories tended to have power while homes were left in...
  • African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing

    African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing

    PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day. Now, October often stretches into November, and November into December, before the rain comes. The rainy season in this largely poor...
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News

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    Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

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