Silvermine Revisited

Wings and Wilderness

Last week Mayur and I returned to the Silvermine Nature Reserve to try hunt down some orchids up Steenberg peak in Silvermine East. Unfortunately the season was too early for us to catch the species we were after but nevertheless we were treated to some lovely finds.

The sandy flat areas as well as the rocky slopes were full of Sundews (Drosera). Along the hike we found 4 species – D. trinervia, D. cuneifolia, D. cistiflora and D. hillaris.

We were enchanted by the delicate pink patterns on the petals of the Painted Lady (Gladiolus debilis) as well as the vibrant orange anthers of Aristea spiralis. China Flowers, a porcelain-petalled member of the Buchu family, were common throughout the hike.

Despite not finding the orchids we were after, we found a total of 6 species. Satyrium bicorne, Pterygodium catholicum, Satyrium odorum and Disa bracteata were common along…

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