An exciting find -- Retzia capensis is a unique plant as the only member of its genus of the family Stilbaceae (Rourke 2000) with remarkable similarity to the iridoid glucosides of Stilbae. ericoides. It was first described in 1776 and is found in Sandstone fynbos from Hottentots Holland to Bredarsdorp. Although not a red data list plant it is not common
It is closely related to Kogelbergia verticillata which is also of the Stillbacae family and is a red data plant. Please take a photo and let us know if you see it.
At the end of April the baboons were seen on several days foraging along the rocks off Rocklands Road and they were around for early May. But then they disappeared for over a week back into the hills.
Since their return there has been much dislocation and trouble in the troop as we are in for a change of regime. Cliff has held on much longer than expected as leader of the troop. Such a gentleman; he kept them out of trouble until the older boys started roaming on their own. Unfortunately Cliff has been seen presenting (usually a sign of submission) to Benji but he is still with his kids and for now seems to be leading them. However there is much jostling, some blood and loud fighting between Indwe and the smaller but more aggressive Benji. So we will probably see a change in leadership soon. Also in the photos below "Sebastian" is the latest addition. He was seen in Rooiels with his mum Sage on 11th May.
Photos and anecdotes from Rooielsers
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