Anyone know Namibia?
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:13:19 PDT
Dear Neil, I know that there are several diamond mining districts near the  
ocean. If it says keep out you better do so.As a Botanist I know a lot of  
researchers but none are currently working in that country/wish I could help 
In a message dated 4/5/2013 5:04:01 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Hi, It's  been a long time since I posted and I have very little to report 
about the  bulb situation in Sweden. Everything is frozen solid, we're 
having a terribly  cold spring. We have some snowdrops that are nearly in bloom, 
that's it, in  April! We're beginning to plan a trip to Namibia, we really 
want to see the  Welwitschia mirabilis. Apart from that I can't find much at 
all on the net  about plants in Namibia, there seem to be nearly 700 
endemics and perhaps 300  more if you add shared endemics with the Angolan desert 
and succulent karoo in  South Africa. I read somewhere that the rainy season 
is actually better for  plants, so February-March seems like a good time, 
unless we drive up via  Namaqaland which is of course best in September. 
That's about all I know. Does  anyone know any botanical hot-spots in Namibia 
that we shouldn't miss, are  there any botanists we can get in touch with, 
there are lots of birders, but  seem to be very few people looking at plants. I 
couldn't even fi
nd many  books, is there a good flora of Namibia? Grateful for any help.
Best  regards Neil
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