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22 January 2017
For 100 years, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has been the foremost orchestra in Africa from the inaugural concert of the...
23 January 2017
The Botanical Society's volunteer Garden guides, who are brimming with amazing knowledge and insights into the Garden, lead FREE...
25 January 2017
Enjoy a magical movie experience on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain nestled in “the most beautiful garden in...

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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
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20 December 2016
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15 December 2016
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Plants of the week

A fascinating, low-growing, floriferous shrublet that displays some of the most amazing natural variation of flower colour forms and shapes.

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This monotypic genus (containing only one species) and despite its small stature, is very pretty. It was mentioned by the well-known botanist N.E. Brown, more than a hundred years ago, that it is well worth cultivating because of its intriguing and pretty flowers, but since, it has escaped cultivation and may be a good subject for someone ready for a challenge.

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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). The Cape hope squid is well adapted to hunt in both dark and light waters, as a result – they are successful hunters of various sizes of prey (Sauer and Lipiński, 1991). The duration of the life cycle is less than 2 years and size at maturity is highly variable, depending on geographic location. Males and females may be mature at 90 mm mantle (covering layer) length and 100mm mantle length or immature at 250 mm mantle length and 180 mm mantle length respectively, weighting more than 1 kg for both males and female.

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