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  Plant of the week  
   Salvia chamelaeagnea   
Salvia chamelaeagnea
 
A dense shrub, growing almost 2 metres high, with many strong, upright stems. The stems are square- shaped, a typical feature of the family Lamiaceae.

Bears light violet-blue flowers with pale lower lips and white throats, also found in mauve and pink to pure
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City of Cape Town continues to prioritise mowing over biodiversity
05-09-2011 17:08
Department of Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape

Despite continued calls to the contrary, the City of Cape Town continues to show little regard for biodiversity conservation! Most forget that biological diversity is NOT just about numbers of different species, it also makes reference to the relative contribution by each individual species.
City of Cape Town continues to prioritise mowing over biodiversity
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Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia reginae
 
Cussonia spicata
Cussonia spicata
 
Crossyne guttata
Crossyne guttata
 
Duvernoia adhatodoides
Duvernoia adhatodoides
 
Seriphium plumosum
Seriphium plumosum
 
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Cederberg Tafelberg The Spout
Where: Cederberg
Duration: 5 days
Tartarus Cave Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: Boyes Drive
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Sedgefield Country Walk An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Sedgefield
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Cobra Camp An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Kommetjie
Duration: 2hrs
 
  Hike of the week  
  Tranquillity Cracks  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 3 - 5 hrs  
  Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling  
Tranquillity Cracks
Photograph by: klair
 
  Mushroom of the week  
 
Scleroderma cepa
  Photo submitted: klair (19 July 2010)  
 
Scleroderma cepa
Poisonous Poisonous
Size: 10 - 80 mm
Habitat: Grows on the ground
Spore bearing: other Other
ovoid  scales 
A pinkish to yellow-brown ball which is smooth or becomes slightly scaly. Leathery but brittle, splitting irregularly.
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  Some other poisonous mushrooms...  
Hypholoma fasciculare
Hypholoma fasciculare
 
Amanita Rubescens
Amanita Rubescens
 
Gyromitra esculenta
Gyromitra esculenta
 
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ARTICLES

   
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp 21-09-2014 16:48
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.
   
   
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
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.
   
   
RISING TIDAL POWER.
RISING TIDAL POWER. 21-02-2012 18:13
Schools of fish.
   
   
WEIRD WEATHER WILL LEAD TO GLOBAL WARMING ACTION ... EVENTUALLY.
21-02-2012 18:10
Sorry Europe.
   
   
WHERE’S THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY?
21-02-2012 18:08
It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.
   
   
  

NEWS

   
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
   
   
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
   
   
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
   
   
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
   
   
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
   
 
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