18 de noviembre de 2022

Planty Limbo

Tackling the accumulating backlog for the Cape Peninsula.
Plantae down to Order ... where obs go to die.

2.5 K
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?per_page=10&iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=observed_on&taxon_id=47126&lrank=order

Today I finished clearing what was trapped at Plantae. Leaving the utter mysteries in limbo. Shifting them to Difficult Dicots doesn't help.

Some I can rescue from notes. And some, which are clear, would have been caught up promptly if they had been left in Unknown to be seen.

Next ...
300 Bryophyta. Supported a few.

22 Nov - clearing the NOT angiosperms next.
Ferns - supporting, and clearing distribution errors. 2K to go

1,8K to go

Trapped at Angiosperm = almost 400 1.47K to go

24 Nov - Monocots
Orchids

25 Nov bulbs
Amarylidaceae
Asparagaceae
Asphodelaceae
Iridaceae

Poales
Restio almost 1K. One thousand times, yes - it's a restio. One not, and cleared a few duplicates. We need a restio specialist!
Cyperaceae 280. Cleared a few Cyperus textilis.
Poaceae another 1K

26 Nov Remnant monocots down to Family 1.3K to go
Tracheophyta 80

27 Nov Cape Peninsula Difficult Dicots only 900 1.2K to go
First the disagreements, and down to the last thousand.

Real remnant Plantae to Family

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25 de octubre de 2022

September wildflower hikes

UPDATE - someone came from iNat yesterday and tried to subscribe via Feedly. I had an old, suddenly broken Feedburner feed. Now updated, so it works as intended.

This week our list runs to over one hundred species (but only 11 on my photos). I've been Fynbos Rambling for 5 years. In the first weeks my head exploded with ... ALL ... these ... new ... NAMES!! I carefully wrote down each plant we saw (we do restrict ourselves to flowering now, but it's still overwhelming) And I took photos of each one. First my list fell by the wayside, not enough hands to go round - and I rely on the archived list which is emailed to us later. Then I became more choosy about which plants were worth a few photos, for iNatting and my lifelist (618 Cape Peninsula species, four and a half thousand to go), or for help with tricksy IDs.

Back to September
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2022/10/september-hikes-trapppieskop-rondebosch-gifkommetjie-myburghskloof.html

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03 de octubre de 2022

600 species for the Cape Pensinsula

Including a few from this week's hike finally got me there.

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28 de septiembre de 2022

August wildflower hikes and 594 Peninsula species

Hope that I can squeeze another 6 local species in soon.

https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2022/09/august-hikes-to-simons-town-st-james.html

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24 de julio de 2022

Life list updated with June hikes

547 species on the Cape Pensinsula - surely I can find just 3 more!

Blog post with June hikes.
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2022/07/june-hikes-to-elsies-peak-myburghkloof.html

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16 de junio de 2022

500 species observed on the Cape Peninsula

Going to take me a long, long time to achieve the other half of my first K! But 4,700 to choose from.
Restricted to plants it is 426 seen vs 2,700 waiting.

Trying to photograph an ordinary Crassula capensis, I caught saxifraga instead. More of a mountain species, but come down to my level.

I wonder what inspired an early botanist to see 'saxifrage'?

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27 de mayo de 2022

Elephant's Eye on False Bay

I have a new project for the biodiversity in my garden. Some inherited exotic commonorgarden, my fynbos additions, with volunteer plants, small life and birds.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/elephant-s-eye-on-false-bay
57 species (and 70 including the broader higher leaf taxa)

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06 de abril de 2022

Cape Town spiders

At Kirstenbosch I found this spider. Nicely visible against the sky.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/106856930
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2022/03/february-disa-hikes-silvermine-kirstenbosch-slangkop.html

End of March I got hooked into
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/spiders-of-cape-town

Working up from my Southern subspecies Trichonephila fenestrata fenestrata to the subfamily Nephilinae.

6 April - Argiope
8-10 April - Synema

10 April

  • Thomisus (stays at genus)
  • Oxytate argenteooculata = silver eyes
  • Peucetia viridis - African green lynx spider

11 April - Thomisidae

Neoscona?

From Tony Rebelo about subspecies -

There is always a subspecies and variety with the same name: the nominotypical form.
It is dormant (and ignored) unless a second or more subspecies and varieties is described: these will differ from the nominotypical in some way.
But because subspecies are geographically distinct (almost by definition: in plants varieties can subdivide habitat by geology and be distinct, but subspecies cannot overlap by definition (otherwise they are different gene pool (if not they would just hybridise and merge) and therefore not a subspecies, but separate species) it is quite often that only one occurs in most of southern Africa, so we need only worry about one: the others can be in eastern, western or northern Africa, or the lowveld, or whatever, and therefore we (in Cape Town) can totally disregard them.

From Wynand Uys for Synema marlothii -
S. marlothi is said to be ^not a very common species^ but the description and photograph really match this ob well. Especially: ^Carapace is fawn with U-shaped darker brown around edge.^ as opposed to S. imitator: ^Carapace is dark green.^

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22 de enero de 2022

Life list updated with September hikes

Another four hikes
371 species
320 plants

These hikes
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/10/slangkop-and-olifantsbos-in-september.html

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09 de diciembre de 2021

Life list updated with November Hikes

Four more hikes.
276 species
231 plants

Come, hike with me, among our wildflowers
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/12/steenberg-elsies-peak-noordhoek-gifkommetjie-november.html

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