Description: Seemingly the first record for this sp from the Gifberg, and hard to believe it's never been collected here before, right next to the road, but just shows you how cryptic things can be! Bokkeveld Sandstone Fynbos endemic.
Description: In this vicinity - near a koppie there is an identified Red-Leaved Fig tree - Ficus Ingens (the leaves of which are now past the red leaf stage and are green). This is another fig tree which is a smaller tree which is also growing amongst the rocks but it has a different shape leaf to the Red-leaved fig tree and presently has these figs on it. The photo attached is of this tree, what Fig tree is this?
Description: Female plant. Bushes situated right next to nectarine and peach orchards. Bushes full of galls with various stages of browning. If you open up the lightly brown coloured galls, they all have a cream coloured larwe with a dark head in the centre of it.
Description: resprouter to 40cm; often with taller P plumosa (which is much more common here); seasonally damp loamy sands in Hopefield Sand Fynbos; habitat usually threatened by Acacia saligna; uncommon
Description: either brevifolia or ericifolia, hard to tell diff; lvs 3 or 4mm long; old plants to 1m tall, heavily browsed by livestock; seasonally damp sands over limestone; survived 20 years under dense Acacia too
Description: In swamp forest. These fig trees produce prop-roots from the stems. These then grow new main trunks - and so the tree expands outwards to form a multi-stemmed tree covering a large area (see second photo). Canopy 15 m high. Young branches are light coloured and smooth, but the bark darkens and becomes knobbly and rough with age.
Description: Woody plant (shrub?) with prickles. Has large roots from which aerial portion sprouts, forming stands a few meters across. Individual shoots/stems are thin - a few mm in diameter. Maximum height about 40 cm, mostly about 25 cm.
These had been frosted heavily, hence dead leaves. Presumably will resprout.
Description: Female Cliffortia bushes. Some bushes had these green galls on. Galls that had a brown colouring (last photo), all had cream-coloured larvae with a black head feeding inside (see interaction). I could not see anything inside the green coloured galls - maybe the larvae still needed to hatch?