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SANBI Events

01 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...
04 August 2016
Stroll through Kirstenbosch with an experienced birder, and spot and identify some of the 125 bird species known to occur in the...
06 August 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...

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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
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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
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27 June 2016
New publication that the public need to know about.Read more

Plants of the week

Erica discolor is a very common and variable species complex that used to consist of two well-known and widespread species namely,Erica discolor and Erica speciosa, and the more localized Erica hebecalyx.

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An evergreen shrub that is used medicinally by Sesotho speaking people for the treatment of venereal diseases.

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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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