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SANBI Events

22 February 2017
Enjoy a magical movie experience on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain nestled in “the most beautiful garden in...
26 February 2017
Nestled below Castle Rock and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is arguably the...
26 February 2017
The Soil is an award winning South African a-capella group. Defined as Kasi Soul, the group’s music features...

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20 February 2017
The BGIS team is currently conducting a survey to determine where to conduct their next BGIS website training session.Read more
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17 February 2017
The South African National Biodiversity Institute has formally launched the process to develop the first National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa. This report has to be produced by October 2017, as required by regulations under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEM:BA, Act 10 of 2004).Read more
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27 January 2017
SANBI will be offering free training on the BGIS website. The training will be hosted at UCT on 7 & 8 February.Read more
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04 January 2017
The chapters of "The Vegetation of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland" book are now available for download from the BGIS website.Read more

Plants of the week

Unusual in cultivation, this bulbous plant, with attractively spotted leaves, can make an interesting collector’s item or curiosity. The species is widespread and very common in grassland, occurring in the highveld regions of the northern provinces of South Africa.

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An attractive, shrubby perennial, with bright pink to mauve flowers, in summer.

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Animal of the week

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The Cape hope squid is regarded as one of the most intelligent species within the class Cephalopoda. Although capable of living in isolation, the Cape hope squid often co-occurs with other fish species in either deep or shallow waters (Rosa et al, 2013).

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

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