Needing a careful look to distinguish the similar looking flowers from the Aeollanthus we found some Brownleea coerulea growing in the leaf litter.
|A swathe of Watsonia densiflora|
We walked across another rocky promontory, passing spikes of purple-flowered Plectranthus hadiensis, until we reached a forested edge to the cliffs. We found our way into this narrow patch of forest to be greeted by a showcase of Brownleea coerulea, Streptocarpus formosus and Stenoglottis fimbriata. There was a cluster of Rhipsalis baccifera bearing deep pink fruits. We also found the as yet undescribed species of Clutia in flower.
We enjoyed this spectacle for a while, venturing down the steep slope as far as we could before climbing out of the forest again.
|Rhipsalis baccifera in fruit.|
|Clutia sp. nov.|
Once back in the grassland we skirted the top of the forest for a while, finding Brachylaena glabra, Olea capensis subsp. enervis, Tarchonanthus trilobus and Cassipourea gummiflua flowering and Viscum obscurum in fruit. A little further on there was a great mass of Pelargonium capitatum climbing over other shrubs, as was a Dolichos sericeus.
|Olea capensis subsp. enervis|
We then found an unusually floriferous Indigofera herrstreyi (ined.), while below us and impossibly out of reach was a Rhynchocalyx lawsonoides covered in white flowers.
|Indigofera herrstreyi (ined.)|
We then found another access into the forest and a couple of us pushed our way down the slope. It seemed to be more of the same - apart from two young Celtis gomphophylla - until Gail spotted a Begonia flowering below us. This turned out to be an Endangered Begonia homonyma, a plant not often seen in the Umtamvuna NR.
Growing on a steep rock face was Oplismenus hirtellus, a forest floor grass species, sporting two flower stalks and lower down on the same rock was Oldenlandia tenella.
By now the troops were clamouring for lunch so we moved more quickly around the forest to a great view spot.
|Alberta magna at cliff edge with the diners in the background|
We checked for the Hesperantha but there was no sign of them yet. Heading back to the vehicle, we came across more pink-flowered Craterostigma sp. nov., scattered among white flowered plants. A little further on we saw a small frog poorly camouflaged against the bright pink of a Watsonia densiflora.
|Craterostigma sp. nov.|
|Frog on Watsonia densiflora|