Know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa's indigenous plants
Location: Polokwane and Haenertsberg, Limpopo, South Africa
This branch covers the districts of Capricorn, Mopani, Vhembe, Waterberg and Sekhukhune, as well as the northern Kruger National Park, with its activities mainly centred in Polokwane and Haenertsberg. Grassland conservation, environmental education and activism have been main themes for this branch since its inception in 2002.
About the branch
Activities have included nature walks and talks, EIA involvement, wildflower conservation via SANBI’s Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) programme, and support for eco-schools in the area. The Limpopo Branch’s greatest achievement was the establishment of the Haenertsburg Grasslands Reserve as far back as the late 80s, which finally received status as a protected environment and official nature reserve in 2016.
About the Area
A wide diversity of ecosystems can be found in the northernmost part of South Africa, due to the variable topography, wide rainfall range and different soil types. The region is also rich with the ethnobotanical knowledge of the Sotho, Bolobedu, Venda, Ndebele and Shangaan cultures. Afromontane grasslands dominate the landscape, such as the threatened Woodbush Granite Grassland that is now protected within the Haenertsburg Grasslands Reserve. Other notable diversity hotspots containing their own rare and threatened species are in Sekhukhune and the Soutpansberg, and along the Wolkberg and Blouberg ranges.
A new site for the vulnerable endemic Wolkberg Zulu Butterfly (Alaena margaritacea) was discovered by branch member Sylvie Kremer-Köhne in 2013.
SANBI is currently managing what is scheduled to become South Africa’s 11th national botanical garden, currently known as the Thohoyandou Botanical Garden, in Thohoyandou in the far northeastern corner of the Limpopo Province. The 89ha urban garden, comprised mainly of Soutpansberg Mountain Bushveld vegetation, will be the first national botanical garden to be established in the Limpopo Province.
Contact the Branch
Would you like to help BotSoc conserve the flora of Limpopo? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
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