Eastern Cape Trip

AW awilson@avonia.com
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:27:50 PST
Dear Mary Sue,

The images of the orchids certainly interested me, particularly Eulophia,
which I've grown here for years. Of special interest, though, was the
scenery and the environment in which the plants you showed grow. Knowing
that certainly helps to understand what they want. I look forward to your
next mailing. 

San Diego 

As our trip progressed we finally made it to high altitude grasslands which
was the part of the trip I was really looking forward to. The temperatures
there were cooler and we saw more flowering plants. So my reporting is
slowing as there are a lot more photos to add. Our first day we stopped at
Satansnek Pass. It was misty with rain threatening so we didn't do the walk
to the summit to see Haemanthus humilis as they did on previous trips. But
there was plenty to see where we were. I have already reported on the
Crocosmia and Agapanthus combination with the challenging approach to the
According to Cameron's web site this is the only place to see the Crocosmia
in the wild. We started seeing tuberous orchids on this day (Corycium, Disa,
Disperis, Eulophia, Neobolusia, Satyrium, and Schizochilus species) and that
continued for the next couple of days.  And we saw the first and probably
the most unspectacular of many Kniphofia species we were to see. Bob Werra
was very thrilled to see the first beautiful Moraea. I have added photos of
what we saw at this spot on a page of its own. There are a few photos from
previous trips that were already on the wiki, but most of the pictures
including the habitat photos showing participants, were taken on this day in
the few hours we were there exploring before it started raining.

Hopefully at a later date I can add some of Cameron's photos from previous
trips of other species seen in this spot that we didn't see.

Mary Sue

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