Journal archives for February 2019

February 05, 2019

The Endless Skyscapes

The Endless Skyscapes
Outramps CREW Diaries
Tuesday
5th February 2019

Palmietdrif
LOT had a very pleasant outing to Palmietdrif in Waboomskraal on Thursday. We were met by the farmer, Pieter Terblanche, who joined us for part of the day. He showed us some trails and routes and gave us the history of the property. The farm faces north-east and is on the old Oudtshoorn road and to the west of the road that is currently in use.

We will be returning to cover other sites in the area. Here is a list of some of the plants that we recognised.

Blepharis capensis ( flowering).
Anacampseros telephiastrum
Leucospermum cuneiforme
Protea nitida
Pelargonium dipetalum (flowering)
Erica discolor (flowering)
Limeum aethiopicum (flowering)
Selago glomerata (flowering)
Prismatocarpus campanuloides (to be confirmed)

Rusell came home with lots of specimens to press and Prix collected seeds. A good day was had by all.
Gail
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The Endless Skyscapes
We set off with great enthusiasm towards the Swartberg Pass last Friday. The numbers were such that we had to take 2 vehicles - Jen's smart, newish Fortuner and the aged Bloody Mary. Although you don't need a 4x4 on the Pass, the going is not suitable for an elderly low-slung saloon car like a BMW that is designed for European roads. It was just as we reached the top that the temperature gauge in the BM made a startling leap to the right. We coasted down about 500 meters and parked at the entrance to the Bothashoek Jeep track, leaving Bloody Mary to contemplate her sins for the day.

The Swartberg is unbelievably dry. It has been 3 years since they had significant rain and the vegetation is taking strain. But as always, there was something to Ooh and Ah about. Nicky found an exquisite purple flower on Otholobium swartbergense (Rare) and we saw a Green Protea Beetle on Protea eximia. The crowd pleasers were Tritoniopsis antholyza in orange and Harveya purpurea in pink. Psoralea sp.and Erica curvifolia were happily ensconced in the furrow next to the track, whilst Berkheya cruciata and Pteronia stricta were bright yellow flashes of colour in the dry sepia landscape.

The old path down to the northern side has almost disappeared, which is a huge pity. It was there that we branched off and went exploring on some of the kopjes. And eventually we turned up something exciting. Having had to dredge the name of Dolichothrix ericoides out of the deep sub-conscious, I was feeling chastened. It didn't last long, as on the top of one of the kopjes, we came upon a tiny little treasure trove. A single Phylica nigromontana (Rare) was growing next to a small spiky Aspalathus sp. that we didn't recognise. There were 3 plants. We were delighted with our find and made our way back to the cars glowing with heat and satisfaction.

We filled Bloody Mary with water and she sailed down the Pass, past Oudtshoorn and halfway to George. Suddenly the temperature gauge had another surge to the right and when we opened her up, she was boiling. After a couple of stops, we limped to the driveway of a farm with a security gate. Despite hooting and calling, nobody appeared.

And then our luck changed and a good Samaritan drove by. Fred van der Leeuw had come back from the farmstall where he'd heard the Aunties talking about the situation. He picked us up and took us all the way down the Outeniqua Pass to the Engen garage. He lives on Burnsleigh so it was a very long way out of his way.

By the time we left the farm, the owner Frikkie Jonck had appeared from town. At first he was a bit taken aback and berated me, but soon realised our plight and offered to keep the BM in his yard. My son fetched her the next day. I felt for Peter and Werner in the Cedarberg, who were having similar car problems.
tanniedi
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The Snow Protea on Sneeuberg
With a bit of nagging, Werner and I convinced MO to join us on the MCSA trip to Sneeuberg in the Cederberg. The hardest part of the trip was the driving. My car is in a state where it starts to shake uncontrollably, while Werner's car has issues with the clutch. Not really knowing which one was better, we settled on Werner's car........... This involved a surplus of unplanned stops.

We parked the car at Eikeboom and set off for Sneeuberg hut along a jeep track, passing age-old Protea nitida and a bounty of interesting Phylicas and Ericas, which have yet to be identified. From the hut, Werner and I had a quick run to the Maltese Cross, passing a clump of Widdringtonia wallichii, as well as Protea witzenbergiana, Protea acuminata and Sorocephalus lanatus.

The following day, we had a early start for Sneeuberg (2027m) and soon came across a stand of the famous Protea cryophila (Near Threatened) in full flower. We also saw the shyer Protea recondita (Near Threatened), well past its prime. From the saddle where the Snow Proteas grow, the scrambling and exposure started to get interesting! To quote MO, when I mentioned I'd seen Snow Proteas to the right of the watershed, "That's funny. I kept seeing the abyss to the right of me."

After reaching the summit, Werner and I left the group and made a quick descent back to the car, in 38°. Realising that we had no more brake fluid, we push-started the car in second gear and drove (slowly and without aircon) to Citrusdal, where we sorted out our problems. What a great weekend in the mountains - not only did I get to see a ton of new Proteas, but I also left with excess knowledge on how the clutch system works..
2019-01-(26-27) Sneeuberg For all the observations on iNat
Peter -Stellies Node

Ed - Both old and young Outramps - Stellies Node and SIM - had car problems on Field trips this week. What we need is a benefactor, who will help us to keep our ageing vehicles on the road, or even better, find us one that works.
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STOP PRESS
Mossel Bay’s Diosma Reserve has two Hermannias and one Prismatocarpus sp. considered different to currently described species. Now Nanobubon sp. follows. Dr Pieter Winter commented on an iNat obs that it needs more scrutiny. The plant was recorded last year in May.
Sandra
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In November 2012 the Outramps found a few Muraltia knysnaensis (EN) plants growing in the Fynbos Reserve, one of the properties in the Robberg Coastal Corridor. Although we have searched for it there on numerous subsequent visits to the property, we have not found it again. On Thursday 24th January, I walked in the Reserve, nearly 20 months since it was burnt during the 2017 Knysna wildfires. I was thrilled to find a healthy population of the plants scattered over a larger area than our first sighting.

I also found a large population of what I think is Aspalathus bowieana (EN) growing close to the cliff edge, awaiting confirmation on iNat. These grey Aspalathus plants have not been observed on this property before.
Nicky
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From iNat - a snippet
In one of my post-burn observations, I was moaning about the overwhelming presence of Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken) in the post-burn landscape. Also mentioned was the state of our clothes after scrambling through blackened Proteaceae skeletons. A dialogue with Meneer (aka Dr Tony Rebelo) ensued. He said,
"Well you know what to do!
Eat the Bracken
and don't wear clothes!"
My reply
"You know what you can do and don't you dare flag this comment as inappropriate............... Your little statement is going to appear in the next Diaries. It's too good to pass over. The sight of a whole lot of old women fossicking around the burn with no clothes is too hideous to contemplate".
tanniedi
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Field Trips
SIM needs to monitor Gladiolus vaginatus (Vulnerable) at Goukamma in the next week or so. Currently the weather is OK for a sortie into this attractive piece of coastal Fynbos, but we will be watching the forecasts carefully. Goukamma can be unpleasant going if it's too hot. If the temperatures are too high, we will find a cooler option and do some monitoring of Forest species instead. LOT is planning a visit to the Herbertsdale Road on Thursday to continue their monitoring of this interesting stretch of hughweay
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
Southern Cape


All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc Annelise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Lange Berg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary

MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly

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February 12, 2019

How Green was my Valley

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the (wo)man who is actually in the arena…“… if (the person in the arena) fails, at least (he) fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
President Theodore Roosevelt

“We all have a role to play as individual South Africans, faith-based organisations, sports organisations, trade unions, business, students, academics and citizens.”
An excerpt from President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA address
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How Green was my Valley - Doringrivier
It's absolute ages, since we monitored Leucadendron olens (Near Threatened) and Erica crocovirens (Critically Rare) to the far north of the Doringrivier Valley. A more favoured trip is the circuit that includes the highest peak on the eastern side with a return via the jeep track and the pools. Evie did this with WAGS and her report follows mine.

The walk along the jeep track to the river is about 16km and can be a little tedious. On the other hand, when the post-burn vegetation is about 4 years old and beginning to reach its former glory, it is something of a treat. Protea aurea ssp. aurea is beginning to flower. The Ericas will be magnificent next year. Serruria fasciflora (Near Threatened) is growing luxuriously along the jeep track and both Brunia noduliflora and Berzelia intermedia were exquisite, as their white "knoppies" exploded into flower. Leucadendron conicum (Near Threatened) is making a good recovery, as the young plants take advantage of the damper places along the track. Nicky was lucky enough to find one Psoralea vlokii (Endangered) on the track.

Juvenile Leucadendron olens is tricky to tell apart from its close ally Leucadendron ericifolium and they grow together. But after much looking, we began to see the differences and they became easy to tell apart. Sandra and Jen had to walk a little further to find some Ericia croceovirens (Critically Rare) that escaped the newest burn about 4 months ago. The plants are looking a bit straggly and they were very much over. The new generation of seedlings should soon be in evidence.

The views at Doringrivier are always spectacular and with the plants starting to come into full flower, the valley will soon be magificent again. There are some Hakea sericea, Black Wattles and Pines also rearing their ugly heads. It would be good if Cape Nature were to intervene sooner rather than later.
tanniedi
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The Ridge-line at Doringrivier
Evie’s HAT report for Doringrivier ridge-line.
While the Outramps had decided to take on the jeep track at Doringrivier for Friday , Evie joined a WAGS outing 2 days before and tried to pay attention to the ridgeline and peak instead.

Very comforting to notice that the fire of 4 years ago is now history, the fynbos is back and looking wonderful. Numerous new Proteaceae plants – mostly P. eximia, P. lorifolia, and P. aurea ssp. aurea. Mimetes cucullatus was in full flower, and the smaller Leucadendron uliginosum was also showing off. It will be a few years before the Orange Breasted Sunbird can really enjoy feasting among the Protea flowers. Both Berzelia intermedia and Brunia nodiflora are back in flower. Some Aspalathus species are also much in evidence – mostly ciliaris and rubens, while along the rocky lower ridge-line a few very spiny – furry pods only are on the Aspalathus growing there. The pretty Fabaceae today was Indigofera flabellata – standing tall and wand-like. Several white Wahlenbergia sp towards the highest peak – difficult to ID and some particularly pretty carpets of Ruschia virgata flowering . Ericas in flower are E. solandri, E. discolor subsp hebecaylex, E. seriphiifolia and an especially striking Christmas, bright-red and green E. densifolia. Some snowy white Syncarpha vestita are still in flower, while most of the plants are past their best. I did visit the area a month before when an amazing, huge field of these snowy, white, everlasting flowers was on display at this point.

On my return – a quick detour down the jeep track to the two wonderful deep pools - always a special swim and today in water that was warmer than usual. A swim up to the inlet possibly explained why – only a small trickle of water entering the pool. I have seen the water gushing through two deep, rocky channels on other occasions. I presume slow water speed = enough time to warm up the water?? Sadly though, I guess it is an indication of very low water tables on this section of the northern side of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Evie
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Groenlandberg
On route from Cape Town I stopped at Grabouw and climbed up Groenlandberg with my nephew Matt. There is a surprising amount in flower, considering that it's late summer, including a dozen erica species.

Specials include
Phylica minutiflora - a first record for iNat and Agapanthus walshii - Rare and Endangered, restricted to low slopes above Grabouw and under serious threat from informal settlements.

Much more exploring to be done in this area.....
Dave aka Onderbos
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Glentana Beach Scramble
HAT Evie along the cliffs at Glentana beach
Another WAGS outing. It is a particularly interesting beach/ coastal cliff hike, and it is rewarding to visit the coastal caves at Cape Windlass, with their dark looming high surrounds. As noted over a year ago – there seem to be more and more huge rocks and cliffs to negotiate on this hike - more so than there were a few years ago. Storms are forever washing the sand around?? This hike is fun and some of the WAGs members just love the rocky scrambles, while others have a few prickly moments, as they climb over the ledges. I gladly note that the “old floating dock” wreck gets somewhat smaller every year.

The coastal fynbos is thick and lush higher up - not easy to negotiate without a path. Loads of Aloe Aborescens with leaves rather red and dry; pretty Crassula species – mainly C. rubricaulis; some glowing yellow daisies hanging off the cliffs, while the favourite Sea Lavender (Limonium scabrum) remains a splash of purple in spots dotted along the cliffs and rocky sections. Up in the shady forest we noticed a few bright red and powerful looking Haemanthus sanguineus.
Evie

The pic above was taken by Hans Delport of WAGS - ed
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Field Trips
The weather is forecast to be about 30 degrees on Friday. That makes hiking difficult. We will probably choose one of the Wilderness hikes on Friday, followed by a meeting with LOT and HAT to discuss plans for the immediate future. This is in line with decisions made at our start-up meeting, that we would have follow-ups on a 2 monthly basis to keep everyone informed.
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
Southern Cape


All id’s subject to confirmation by Doc Annelise and Jan Vlok, Steven Molteno, Dr Tony Rebelo, Nick Helme, Prof Charlie Stirton, Dr Robert Archer, Dr Robert McKenzie, Dr Ted Oliver, Dr Christopher Whitehouse, Adriaan Grobler, Prix Burgoyne, Dr Kenneth Oberlander, Dr Pieter Winter, Dr David Gwynne-Evans, Malthinus and Mattmatt on iNat. Thank you all for your ongoing help and support.
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Outramps Places on iNaturalist – You can browse through the observations or refer to the checklist which is in alphabetical order eg. Animals, birds etc.
Area covered by Southern Cape Herbarium - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/southern-cape-aoi
Cola Conservancy - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cola-conservancy
Dune Molerat Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/dune-molerat-trails
Featherbed Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/featherbed-nature-reserve
Gamkaberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gamkaberg
Gerickes Punt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gerickes-punt#/places/gerickes-punt
Gouriqua - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/gouriqua-private-nature-reserve
Gouritzmond - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/the-gouritsmond-commonage
Heaven in the Langkloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/heaven-in-the-langkloof
Herolds Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-herolds-bay
Kammanassie - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kammanassie-reserve
Klein Swartberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/klein-swartberg
Knysna - Westford Bridge https://www.inaturalist.org/places/westford-bridge-estate-knysna
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kouga-mountains
Kranshoek - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-kranshoek-
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve
Masons Rust - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/masons-rust-32-ptn-4-gezwinds-kraal-41-ptn-0
Mons Ruber and surrounds - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mons-ruber-and-surrounds
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/aalwyndal
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/diosma-reserve
Mossel Bay - :https://www.inaturalist.org/places/hartenbos-heuwels
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-14072
Mossel Bay - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/erf-19201
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/st-blaize-trail
Natures Valley - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/nature-s-valley-south-cape-south-africa
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-bobbejanberg-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas Camferskloof - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-camferskloof
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outenoquas-collinshoek-and-the-big-tree
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cradock-peak-trail
Outeniquas Doringrivier East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-doringrivier-east-in-the-outeniquas
Outeniquas East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-eastern-outeniquas-from-bergplaas-to-gouna
Outeniquas Eseljagt - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagt-eseljagt-and-surrounds
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ezeljagts-poort-72-ptn-0-eseljagt-poort
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/flanagans-rock-rsa
Outeniquas Lange Berg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/lange-berg-112
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-montagu-pass-north
Outeniquas Paardekop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/paardekop-13
Outeniquas Paardepoort East - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-east
Outeniquas Paardepoort West - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-paardepoort-wes
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-pizza-ridge
Outeniquas Southern Traverse - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-outeniqua-southern-traverse
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-krans-hoek-432-ptn-5
Robberg Corridor - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/robberg-coastal-corridor-e8267c6b-9263-4a87-a721-a24619be6dc8
Rooiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-rooiberg-reserve
Spioenkop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/ruigtevlei-plantations
Strawberry Hill - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/strawberry-hill-7-passes-road-wilderness-south-africa
Swartberg Spitskop - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/outramps-crew-spitskop-to-meiringspoort-swartberg
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/swartberg-pass-to-bothashoek-jeep-track-and-crag-route
Swartberg Waboomsberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/waboomsberg-in-the-swartberg
Uitzicht Portion 39 - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-portion-39
Uitzicht - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/uitzigt-216-ptn-65
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-1-buffalo-bay
Western Head – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-2-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/walker-s-point-215-portion-3-buffalo-bay
Western Head - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/western-head-knysna
White Heather - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/white-heather
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail – https://www.inaturalist.org/places/brown-hooded-kingfisher-trail
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kingfisher-trails
Witteberg Kromme Rivier - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/kromme-rivier-72-ptn-0-willowmore

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/jonkershoek-cv
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/mont-rochelle-nature-reserve
Papegaaiberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/places/papegaaiberg

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ericas-of-the-southern-cape
Fungi of the Southern Cape - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fungi-of-the-southern-cape
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lianes-and-creepers-of-the-southern-cape-and-little-karoo
Veg Types of South Africa - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vegetation-types-of-south-africa
Flowers of the High Drakensberg - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-the-high-kzn-drakensberg
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Abbreviations Glossary
MCSA – Mountain Club of South Africa
MSB - Millenium Seed Bank based at Kew in the UK
WIP – Work in Progress
HAT – High Altitude Team
LOT – Lowland Team
SIM – Somewhere in the Middle Team
WAGS – Wednesday Adventure Group
VB – Vlok Boekie “Plants of the Klein Karoo” and our Plant Bible
ITRTOL – Another thread “In The Rich Tapestry Of Life”(It describes a challenging situation, usually to do with the Buchu Bus)
ITFOT – In the fullness of time
WOESS – Fair Weather Hiker
FMC and JW – too vulgar to translate, but the equivalent is “Strike me Dead” - An expression of surprise and delight on finding a new “Rare”
Kambro – same as above
Fossick – A meter per minute, scratching around looking for rares
SIDB – Skrop in die Bos – Another name for a field trip, this one coined by Prix
BAFFING – Running round like a blue-arsed fly
SYT – Sweet Young Thing - Anyone under the age of 40
TOMB – Get a move on
Mayhem - Needless or willful damage or violence
SESKRYNG – “Sit en staan kry niks gedaan” ,with thanks to Brian
SOS – Skelms on Scramblers
FW – Idiot
BOB – Another name for the Buchu Bus when she’s misbehaving.
CRAFT – A symptom of Old Age
DDD - Metalasia tricolor (Damned Diabolical Daisy)
VP – Vrekplek – Retirement Village
Qàq – Self-explanatory Inuit word describing some of our local problems
Mr Fab – Our Fabaceae specialist, Brian Du Preez – originally Boy 1
Muisvoel -The Mathematician – Peter Thompson
Boy 2 – Kyle Underwood who works on Orchids and is still at school
Sharkie – Finn Rautenbach – Our latest SYT is a surfer in his spare time and is now the Curator of the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Sicko – Someone who suffers from Car Sickness. With 4 in the Group, allocating seating in the Buchu Bus is tricky
VAG – Virgin Active Garage, which is our meeting place when we head north
MATMUE – Meet At The Mall Under E - Meeting place when we head West
WG – Waves Garage in Wilderness East. - Meeting place when we’re going east.
VU- Vulnerable
DDT – Data Deficient and Taxonomically ?
NT – Near Threatened
EN – Endangered
CR – Critically Endangered
PE – Presumed extinct
LC – Least Concern
TBC – To be Confirmed
TLC – Tender loving care
JMS – An expression of absolute disdain
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
Milk – the fruit of the vine
Condensed Milk – Scotland’s finest export
Full Cream Milk or Fat Milk – Any product of Humulus lupulus eg. Milk Stout
Milk of the Gods – Rooibos and Brandy
Milk Shake - Sparkling Wine
NS – Species of conservation concern new to the Outramps
PS -Priority Species allocated to the Outramps by our CREW Cape Co-ordinator , Ismail Ebrahim
iNatFD – iNaturalist for Dummies as compiled by Sally
Mizzle – Mist and drizzle combined. A regular feature of George in the ”good old days”.
FE – Fire Ephemeral – only appears immediately or after a couple of years after fire
Squirrel – aka President Ramaphosa
WOG – Wrath of God – eg. incurred when you put a young Pine tree on iNat as Leucadendron album
Skedonk - A banger - old, battered motor car more than 30 years old
Hoedown - redneck gathering, usually involves shouting catchy phrases like "yee-haw" and "the south will rise again"
VHF - Vat Hom Fluffie - our nickname for furry or woolly plants
SA - Stay Attractive is Google's translation of "Mooi Bly"
OTL - Out To Lunch is used to describe the Buchu Bus when she's taking a break after she's behaved badly

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