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SANBI Events

25 June 2016
Winter Wonders adventure at Kirstenbosch Gardens The school holidays are almost here! So,what to do with the kids?  Take...
26 June 2016
The Lotus Register of South Africa, in collaboration with the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and the Milkplum Café, will hold...
27 June 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...

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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
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08 June 2016
CAPE e-newsletter article, Q2 2016Read more

Plants of the week

A hardy, rounded shrublet, with evergreen dark foliage, starry pink flowers in white-woolly, rounded flowerheads in autumn and winter followed by reddish, furry fruits.

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An unusual succulent herb with ornamental nasturtium-like leaves that is a rewarding, low maintenance and water-wise garden plant or container plant for full sun or semi-shade.

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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.

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