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02 July 2016 - Yoga at the Lowveld NBG
Every first Saturday of the month at 08h15 we meet on the mat. Yes, its yoga time at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Be...
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SANBI Events

02 July 2016
Every first Saturday of the month at 08h15 we meet on the mat. Yes, its yoga time at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Be...
04 July 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...
06 July 2016
2016 Programme of Wednesday Talks at Kirstenbosch Date Speaker Topic 20  Jan EDWIN RYE     ...

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27 June 2016
New publication that the public need to know about.Read more
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24 June 2016
An update from the SKEP Interim Steering Committee.Read more
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14 June 2016
notifying the staff and the public that Kirstenbosch can no longer accept recyclables from the publicRead more

Plants of the week

A low-growing, mat-forming groundcover with upward-pointing cylindrical, bluish grey-green, succulent leaves that provides unusual foliage colour, texture and contrast in the garden; and it is easy-to-grow and propagate, and water-wise.

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This much-branched shrub to small tree is characterized by its glossy, leathery, dark green leaves that make it most outstanding amongst the rest of the plants in the garden. 

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Animal of the week

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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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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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