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Participants of the Flower Ramble listen to an interesting introduction to Rondebosch Common.

Participants of the Flower Ramble listen to an interesting introduction to Rondebosch Common.

 

Cape Town is known for its incredible biodiversity, being at the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

 

Out of the six floral kingdoms on this planet, it is the smallest while containing the highest variety.

 

That means in Cape Town you’ll encounter the highest density of different flowers on earth.

 

It’s very easy to accidentally trample on them!

 

So why not go on a Flower Ramble at Rondebosch Common

 

Every other Sunday during spring a botanist takes a group on a walk around Rondebosch Common, identifying special flowers, spelling their names and explaining their habitat.

 

It is an entertaining presentation and informative talk giving so much insight about the endemic plants in Cape Town, meaning they only grow here and nowhere else, some of them even only on Rondebosch Common!

 

For example this pretty iris-like Morea Aristata, which was carefully replanted from the South African Astronomical Observatory to Rondebosch Common by Alex Lansdowne.

 

The beautiful Morea Aristata.

The beautiful Morea Aristata.

 

 

This lovely guided tour is a real eye-opener that lets you look at plants in a whole different way.

 

The fynbos flowers are sometimes really small, but incredibly beautiful when looked at up close, taking in the detail and fragility.

 

Sometimes they’re so inconspicuous that you need a botanist to point them out to you.

 

Alex Lansdowne gives great insight to the plants and flowers on Rondebosch Common.

Alex Lansdowne gives great insight to the plants and flowers on Rondebosch Common.

 

These wonderful Sunday morning strolls are offered by the Friends of Rondebosch Common for free, but donations are welcome.

 

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