Know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa's indigenous plants
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
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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 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.
Notable nature reserves in this region include Blouberg Nature Reserve, Modjadji Cycad Reserve, and Nylsvley Nature Reserve.
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