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Free State National Botanical Garden Food and Art Market is held every last Sunday of each month. Visitors can browse...

SANBI Events

28 August 2016
Free State National Botanical Garden Food and Art Market is held every last Sunday of each month. Visitors can browse...
29 August 2016
There are walks at 10h00 and 14h00 from Monday to Saturday and an additional walk on Tuesday at 11h00. There are no walks on...
31 August 2016
Topic: The City of Cape Town is home to a rich, highly threated and irreplaceable biodiversity. This presentation details the...

Latest News

15 July 2016
From the 10th to the 12th of May, a Joint Biodiversity Information Management Forum (BIMF) & Foundational Biodiversity Information (FBIP) Forum was held at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.Read more
06 July 2016
The following datasets, maps and documents are now available on BGIS: • Lexicon of Biodiversity Planning in South Africa • City of Cape Town Biodiversity Network interactive map • 2014 KZN Biodiversity Sector Plan interactive mapRead more
27 June 2016
New publication that the public need to know about.Read more

Plants of the week

Anchusa capensis is a vigorous herb with tall stems of blue flowers shooting up from clumps of bright green leaves. The long narrow leaves are soft, but rough and hairy when touched. Each plant has many flowering stems which grow up to 1 m tall. The stems are thick at the bottom getting thinner as they extend, with the new growth often a beautiful deep red.

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The Critically Rare Gladiolus loteniensis blossoms into a delicate plant, with small mauve flowers.

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Animal of the week


Adults of the mopane worm are large and robust moths with wingspans of approximately 120 mm. Wing colouration varies from fawn to shades of green and brown to red. White and black bands isolate the eyespots on both fore- and hind wings. The orange eyespots on the hind wings are much larger than the eyespots on the forewings. Male moths possess feathery antennae, with which they detect the presence of females. Larvae (caterpillars) are large, up to about 100 mm in length and about 10 mm in diameter. They are black in colour with round scales in indistinct, alternating reddish, yellowish and whitish bands and they are armed with short reddish or black spines, which are covered in fine white hairs.

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Quick Quiz!

A 10th SANBI National Botanical Garden, Kwelera NBG, is currently being developed.

In which province will this new Garden be located?


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