Honeyville Endemic Plants

HONEYVILLE PLANTS as at 22 October 2010

Flowering Aloe – Aloe Ferox

The Fourcade Botanical Group CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) team has been recording plants on Honeyville since 06-04-2008.

The Fourcade Botanical Group is based at St Francis Bay.

Initially, until 09-10-2009, we looked at selected plots on the farm and only recorded the plants within those plots. However, for each plot, besides the co-ordinates, we also recorded the landform, slope, aspect, geology, soil type and colour, moisture, age of veld, vegetation type, dominant species, special species, threats and disturbances, and land use.

Pressings were made of plants we could not identify and the majority was sent to the Compton Herbarium at Kirstenbosch for identification. A few have been identified by Tony Dold at the Schonland Herbarium in Grahamstown.

Since 11-06-2010 we have not been looking at selected plots, but have been working in large areas each time we go out, and recording all the plants which were not on our previous list. The above details, as for each plot, are also recorded and pressings made for identification purposes.

With the initial ‘plot’ system we recorded about 150 different species. However, with the new approach (we have only been out five times so far) our list now has over 300 different species. We expect this list to grow considerably as we visit Honeyville during the different seasons.

The plants of special interest/concern are marked in red on the full list of Honeyville Plants as at 22 October 2010. They are according to the Red List of South African Plants 2009 by D. Raimondo et al.

There is 1 Endangered, 1 Vulnerable, 2 Near Threatened, 1 Rare, 2 Declining, 3 Data Deficient, 1 New Species, and 1 species previously thought to be only an E.Cape form of a W.Cape flower, but which has now been accepted as a species in its own right.

Despite the crippling drought in the E.Cape, the veld on Honeyville has continued to improve as there is no longer any domestic stock there. The veld is looking very good.

With the clearing of the aliens in the watercourses the quality and quantity of the water in these areas is improving and will be of benefit to farmers, landowners and settlements/towns further downstream.

The vegetation on Honeyville is generally speaking intact and a good example of grassy fynbos in the Humansdorp district, which is well worth preserving.

Honeyville Plants as at 22 October 2010 part 2.

There is very little Humansdorp grassy fynbos preserved in the Kouga region so it will be well worth protecting Honeyville, also because there are good stands of Protea neriifolia. In other Humansdorp grassy fynbos areas, P.neriifolia have been burnt out.

There are  two species of Agathosma for which we are awaiting identification as it is thought that they could be new species. They are growing in an area that has ferricrete and this is most unusual.

Honeyville-rmc Full  Honeyville Plant List

honeyville-plant-list-as-at-12-8-2011.xls Plant List Sept 2011

Honeyville Trees incl.13.1.2012 Tree List JAN 2012

Protea Tenax, Honeyville

Gladiolus Mutabilis Honeyville

Erica Nutans, Honeyville

Aloe Micracantha

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