You are my Sunshine

You are my Sunshine
Outramps CREW Diaries
9th July 2019

The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the only one contained in its entirety within a single country. It is characterised by its high richness in plant species (8700 species) and its high endemicity (68% of plant species are confined to the Cape Floral Kingdom). The Cape Floral Kingdom thus compares with some of the richest floras worldwide, surpassing many tropical forest regions in its floral diversity.

A loss of Fynbos biome area of between 51% and 65% is projected by 2050 (depending on the climate scenario used), and roughly 10% of the endemic Proteaceae have ranges restricted to the area lost. Species range projections suggest that a third could suffer complete range dislocation by 2050, and only 5% could retain more than two thirds of their range. Projected changes to individual species ranges could be sufficient to detect climate change impacts within ten years. Midgley et al, 2002.

ALBUM Tuesday 9th July 2019
For captions or info click on i on the top right-hand side. A good way to go - the Slideshow is found at the top of the page on the rt hand side by clicking on the 3 dots. Featured today – Witteberg in the Du Toit's Kloof Mts, WESSA visits Endlovana, Gourikwa, Rock Art and plants at Jonkersberg, Goukamma and the Tonnelbos Circular.
For names and captions of the photos used on this version of the Reportback - see the Album.

For earlier versions of the Outramps CREW Diaries

A phone call from Charl Wade of the SC Fire Protection Association alerted us to the fact that most of the Rooikrans around the site of Lobostemon belliformis had been cleared. We have been trying to achieve this for umpteen years without success. The new owners of Gourikwa are very conservation-minded and financed the operation, whilst Charl organised it, after seeing one of our presentations.

He counted 78 plants, which is an increase from about 52 counted a couple of years ago. Lobostemon belliformis is Critically Endangered, so it is vital that it be given the best chance of survival. So thank you to Gourikwa and Charl for taking it on.

The veld was looking gorgeous and it made a very welcome change from post-burn monitoring, which is becoming a little tedious. The Lobostemon was in early flower and should be at its best sometime in early August. Erica versicolor was blooming in all its shades. Leucospermum praecox (Vulnerable) was in bud with only a few "voor op die wa" flowers. Of Erica baueri subsp. gouriquae (Critically Endangered) there was no sign, but it is early on in the year for that and we hope to see it sometime in September. Cullumia carlinoides (Near Threatened) was magnificent in bright yellow with the odd Bobartia robusta adding to the sunshine colours. We simply revelled in the spectacular coastal fynbos that is teeming with rares.

So thank you Helena. We hope to return very soon.


Witteberg in the Du Toit's Kloof Mts
Werner and I had the idea for a quick getaway to the Kromrivier hut, with MO and Ian keen to join. We spent the Friday night in front of the fire (planning a trip to Matroosberg and possibly Keeromsberg for later in the year), with a lazy start to the day on Saturday.

The plan was to summit Witteberg via the Kromrivier Dome, which went smoothly for the most part. A couple of highlights of the trip include Brunia monogyna (awaiting confirmation) found by Werner, Erica glauca var. elegans and great stands of Protea magnifica and Protea amplexicaulis. It was interesting to see that just about every Protea amplexicaulis flowerhead had been ripped off the plant by baboons. Tony comments, "They collect them for nectar and for insects - especially borers in the base (for which you must pick to see if they are present), and I sometimes think, just for fun".

To end it all off, we came across entries from Di and Bill in the hut's visitor book — even when you're far away in the Cape, the Outramps are never too far away!


We haven't been back to Jonkersberg for ages, but we managed to get there last Friday to do some post-burn monitoring. At this stage of the year, there is very little in flower, but we did manage to have a reasonable haul of rares, including Erica unicolor subsp. mutica (Endangered), Serruria fasciflora (Near Threatened) and Leucadendron conicum (Near Threatened), which was profuse in an unburnt patch. There are also lots of young conicum plants emerging in the burnt areas. Nicky and Ann took a different route and managed to find Acmadenia tetragona (Near Threatened) further east.

Undoubtedly the "star of the show" was Erica curviflora, which was magnificent in a large seep above the jeep track. The gorgeous orange colour was very eye-catching and captured the undivided attention of the photograpers in the party.

Meanwhile, Hugo and Bill, who had joined us for the day, went up to the road above the Perdeberg River to check on some rock art after the fires. Hugo's report appears later in the Diaries.

On our return to the offices, I was delighted to see Marius from Cape Pine again. It's been a while. His news is that they are leaving Jonkersberg soon. We won't miss the Pines, but we will miss Marius and his warm welcome. He has always been very happy to allow us in to monitor the plants. It would seem that DEFF will be taking over this magnificent piece of land. Let's hope that they are responsible and proactive custodians of the bowl that is enclosed by Engelseberg (2nd highest in the Outeniquas) and Jonkersberg, which comes 3rd. It is home to some spectacular Fynbos and some lovely patches of afrotemperate forest.


Rock Art at Jonkersberg
The summit ridge, which links Engelseberg to Skurweberg, divides the rocky north-facing catchments of the Doringrivier Reserve from the much wetter greener basin of the Grootrivier (which becomes the Grootbrak).

While the area on the northern slopes of the Outeniquas is rich in rock art, I only have two records in the upper Grootrivier catchment. Both of these are in the valley of the Perdebergrivier and are north-facing.

The upper site contains about 30 paintings, all in red ochre. The paintings have faded over the years and there is water damage, but they appear to have been protected from the fire by two or three large blocks of rock.

The second site is an overhang, protected from the worst of the blaze by natural vegetation. The vegetation was itself burnt, but is resprouting. Damage to the paintings includes fading, water and some exfoliation, but is not recent. Many of the paintings are too faded to be easily identifiable, but there is one panel of reasonably clear animals. On the right is a creature which may have a long raised tail – a vervet monkey perhaps?


Out and About in the Southern Cape
Last week was characterised by domestic chores and prospective purchasers looking at Strawberry Hill. This meant that we missed out on doing St Blaize with WAGS on Wednesday, which was grumpy-making. By Sunday we were champing at the bit and decided on a quick paddle on the Island Lake and a visit to Goukamma.

The good news is that it's open for hiking again. Well, let's put it this way, "There wasn't a No Entry sign in sight". This is good news for the local hiking groups, as it's a great favourite.

The conditions for walking were perfect. A light southeasterly cooled us down and hazy conditions added a new perspective to the magnificent views. We took a slightly shorter route with lots of ups and down over the dunes earning it the nickname of "Mini-Rollercoaster". We know Goukamma like the back of our hand. We've been hiking it about 4x per year since 1970. En route, we met a group of 4 hikers from the Plett Panters who were checking to see if they could include it on their programme. We were all really thrilled to find it open. Thank you CapeNature. We are looking forward to the Spring profusion with great anticipation.

Endlovana with Wessa and Nicky

This lovely property is in Brenton-on Sea and is probably the most catalogued piece of ground in the Southern Cape. Nicky lives nearby and has made it her business to know every plant that grows there and post pics of them on iNat. Recently she hosted WESSA on a Walkie-Talkie to marvel at the lovely plants and give some information about them. It was a huge success.

Tonnelbos Circular
Geriatrics should exercise caution when choosing hiking destinations. Going up to Tonnelbos is steep, but a lovely and relatively easy walk. Going further through the Fern Forest and then on to the contour path that eventually leads to Tierkop was foolhardy, considering the state of the path and our age. We have been asking CapeNature to fix it for years. The track needs levelling out to prevent the almost inevitable slide on to the steep slopes below the path. The vegetation is relatively clear, but the going was extremely difficult for two tottering 80 year olds.

By the time we reached the ridge that allowed a bailout on to the higher road, there wasn't much of a debate. It was still a long way home for us, with a fairly lengthy and tedious walk along the railway line making it into a 7 3/4 hour day.

The Tonnelbos Circular is one of the most beautiful tracks in the Southern Cape. It deserves a higher level of maintenance.


Field Trips
SIM - On Friday we will be visiting Kai Tiqua on the coast west of Ballots Bay. This trip has been organised by Jo-Anne King, who is the youthful Chair of the Garden Route Branch of Bot.Soc. SA
Hamba Kahle
Groete en dankie
Di Turner
Outramps CREW Group
SIM tripsSouthern Cape
South Africa

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.

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 -
Cola Conservancy -
Dune Molerat Trail -
Featherbed Nature Reserve -
Gamkaberg -
Gerickes Punt -
Gouriqua -
Gouritzmond -
Heaven in the Langkloof -
Herolds Bay -
Kammanassie -
Klein Swartberg -
Knysna - Westford Bridge
Kouga Mountains Kliphuis -
Kranshoek -
Langeberg Grootvadersbosch -
Masons Rust -
Mons Ruber and surrounds -
Mossel Bay Aalwyndal -
Mossel Bay Diosma Reserve -
Mossel Bay - :

Mossel Bay -
Mossel Bay -
Mossel Bay St Blaize Trail -
Natures Valley -
Outeniquas Bobbejaanberg -
Outeniquas Camferskloof -
Outeniquas, Collinshoek and the Big Tree -
Outeniquas - Cradock and George Peak Trail -
Outeniquas Doringrivier East -
Outeniquas East -
Outeniquas Eseljagt -
Outeniquas Eseljagtpoort -
Outeniquas Flanagans Rock -
Outeniquas Jonkersberg Bowl -
Outeniquas Langeberg
Outeniquas Montagu Pass North -
Outeniquas Paardekop -
Outeniquas Paardepoort East -
Outeniquas Paardepoort West -
Outeniquas Pizza Ridge -
Outeniquas Southern Traverse -
Robberg Corridor - :
Robberg Corridor -
Robberg Corridor -
Rooiberg -
Spioenkop -
Strawberry Hill -
Swartberg Bloupunt -
Swartberg Spitskop -
Swartberg, Swartberg Pass to Bothashoek high and low -
Swartberg Waboomsberg -
Uitzicht Portion 39 -
Uitzicht -
Western Head -
Western Head –
Western Head -
Western Head -
White Heather -
Wilderness Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail –
Wilderness Kingfisher Trail -
Witteberg Kromme Rivier -

Outramps CREW Stellenbosch HAT node
Jonkershoek created by Vynbos -
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve -
Papegaaiberg -

Outramps Projects on iNaturalist
Ericas of the Southern Cape -
Fungi of the Southern Cape -
Geranicaceae of the Southern Cape -
Lianes and Creepers in the Southern Cape and Little Karoo -
Veg Types of South Africa (Tony Rebelo)-

Flowers of the High Drakensberg -

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
DFKIAA - A very funny video in Afrikaans is doing the rounds. It refers to the current power outages.

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