Satansnek Pass is a pass on the road from Ngcobo (previously Engcobo) to Elliot in the Eastern Cape. The cool moist climate gives rise to mistbelt grassland which is home to a large variety of terrestrial orchids and other geophytes. It is the only place in South Africa where a wild population of Crocosmia masoniorum may be viewed. Cameron McMaster has led a number of Eastern Cape tours where participants have spent a day exploring. Photos taken from some of those tours are pictured on this page. For more information about a genus with a species shown, you can click on the genus page for that species. Photos pictured below showing the habitat were taken on one of these tours by Cameron McMaster, Mary Sue Ittner, and Bob Rutemoeller.
Agapanthus praecox is an evergreen plant from the southeastern Cape growing in stony slopes and grassland from the southeastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. Photos below taken by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller. Plants were blooming with Crocosmia masoniorum pictured below.
Aristea abyssinica is found from the Eastern Cape, South Africa to Tropical Africa where it grows on rocky outcrops, in grassland, and marshy areas. Photos taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Corycium dracomontanum is found in grassland in the Eastern Cape. Photo by Cameron McMaster
Corycium nigrescens is a widespread orchid in southern Africa that grows in wet grassland and along vlei margins, often in large colonies. Photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Cameron McMaster January 2010.
Crocosmia masoniorum can only be viewed in the wild from this spot. It is hanging down from a steep ledge so is challenging to photograph. Photos below taken by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller January 2010. It was blooming with Agapanthus praecox pictured above.
Disa brevicornis is found in grassland from Knysna in the southern Cape to Malawi. Photos by Cameron McMaster.
Eulophia foliosa is found in grassland from the Eastern Cape to the Northern Province of South Africa. Photo by Cameron McMaster
Moraea inclinata grows in damp grassland in the Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal and in the northeastern Transkei. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster, Mary Sue Ittner, and Bob Rutemoeller January 2010.
Oxalis sp. Unknown Oxalis sp. photographed by Mary Sue Ittner.
Satyrium neglectum is found in moist grassland from the Eastern Cape of South Africa to Tanzania. Photo taken by Cameron McMaster.
Satyrium parviflorum is found in moist or dry grassland, among rocks from the southern Cape of South Africa to the Eastern Cape and tropical Africa. Photo from Cameron McMaster.