Eastern Cape Trip

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:55:38 PST
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 site. 
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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