Here are some graphs representing the changes in numbers of active COVID cases in South Africa between March 2020 (when the first cases were found in the country) and January 13th, 2021:Continue reading
I have just come back from a two-week-long round trip to the Cape, were I was hunting flowering Lapeirousia plants. The trip was not exactly a spectacular success.
Color variability in a population of Lapeirousia pyramidalis subsp. regalis
The reason of my field trip to the Cape was to study Lapeirousia pyramidalis. This plant species occurs in two subspecies: subspecies regalis, with mostly purple flowers, is distributed within a 80-km-long, ~1-km-wide stretch of the succulent Karoo region, along the Olifants river and West of the Cederberg; subspecies pyramidalis has mostly white-pink, scented flowers and is widespread in the Karoo East of the Cederberg. The two subspecies differ also by their pollinators: long-tongued flies for subsp. regalis and moths for subsp. pyramidalis. Continue reading