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    Staying with the variegated plants theme, Ficinia 'Ice Crystals' revisited.

    Staying with the variegated plants theme, Ficinia 'Ice Crystals' revisited.

    106 6 12 July, 2019
    Ficinia truncata 'Ice Crystal' - Frosty Sedge

    Ficinia truncata 'Ice Crystal' - Frosty Sedge

    72 3 11 June, 2019

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    Obsessed with Cape Town and it’s magical mountains 🏔Get me in that cliff face!

    Obsessed with Cape Town and it’s magical mountains 🏔Get me in that cliff face!

    90 3 18 March, 2019

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    What’s for Tuesday Tea?
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I’ve never been a fan of a cuppa Earl Grey with a splash of milk but since traveling I’ve fallen in love with herbal teas. And since I’m home surrounded by one of the richest and most diverse plant biomes in the world, I can’t help but take full advantage.
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I’m starting to explore with making my own teas, foraging, collecting and researching the properties, benefits and folklore surrounding the usage of various plants, leaves, flowers and seeds in teas.
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So I thought I’d share what I find and open up a platform for others to learn too, to share their knowledge, advice and suggestions on the perfect brew.
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This week I went looking for some Buchu. I didn’t have to look very far, Levi and his mate, the traditional herbalists/ Rastafarians had a sprig if it laid out on their mat outside our favorite Kalk Bay Coffee shop.
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“Buchu&Bells” he proclaimed as he answered my question about looking for a good tea.
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So here’s more about it.
🌿 BUCHU
Latin name: Agathosma Lanceolata 
Commonly known as Honey Buchu.
👃🏾: Licorice fragrance when leaves rubbed and crushed between fingers
⚗️: volatile oils; camphor, isomethone, diosphenol. ✳️: acts as a natural diuretic, also described as an aqueretic (Increases blood flow to kidneys, increasing Glomerular Filtration Rate), antiseptic properties also recognized for its carminative and laxative effects
🌝: used + loved by indigenous people of SA as a perfume, “kidney cleaner” and as an antiseptic, many other uses noted and described.
🥣: Used in teas, tinctures (flavoring alcohol typically brandy) soothing ointment, even used sprinkled into your bath water to help ease mechanical back ache and muscle cramps. • • • • • • • 🌿 BELS 
Latin name: Osmitopsis Asteriscoides 
Commonly known as Belskruie / Swamp daisy in Europe .
👃🏾: Leaves have a strong Camphor smell ⚗️: leaves contain volatile oils rich in Eucalyptol and Camphor.
✳️: used to alleviate coughs and hoarseness. Beneficial in treating catarrh (excessive discharge/build up of mucus in nose/throat associated with inflammation of mucus membranes) Used to treat influenza and fevers. It is also used externally...
REST BELOW

    What’s for Tuesday Tea?

    I’ve never been a fan of a cuppa Earl Grey with a splash of milk but since traveling I’ve fallen in love with herbal teas. And since I’m home surrounded by one of the richest and most diverse plant biomes in the world, I can’t help but take full advantage.

    I’m starting to explore with making my own teas, foraging, collecting and researching the properties, benefits and folklore surrounding the usage of various plants, leaves, flowers and seeds in teas.

    So I thought I’d share what I find and open up a platform for others to learn too, to share their knowledge, advice and suggestions on the perfect brew.

    This week I went looking for some Buchu. I didn’t have to look very far, Levi and his mate, the traditional herbalists/ Rastafarians had a sprig if it laid out on their mat outside our favorite Kalk Bay Coffee shop.

    “Buchu&Bells” he proclaimed as he answered my question about looking for a good tea.

    So here’s more about it.
    🌿 BUCHU
    Latin name: Agathosma Lanceolata
    Commonly known as Honey Buchu.
    👃🏾: Licorice fragrance when leaves rubbed and crushed between fingers
    ⚗️: volatile oils; camphor, isomethone, diosphenol. ✳️: acts as a natural diuretic, also described as an aqueretic (Increases blood flow to kidneys, increasing Glomerular Filtration Rate), antiseptic properties also recognized for its carminative and laxative effects
    🌝: used + loved by indigenous people of SA as a perfume, “kidney cleaner” and as an antiseptic, many other uses noted and described.
    🥣: Used in teas, tinctures (flavoring alcohol typically brandy) soothing ointment, even used sprinkled into your bath water to help ease mechanical back ache and muscle cramps. • • • • • • • 🌿 BELS
    Latin name: Osmitopsis Asteriscoides
    Commonly known as Belskruie / Swamp daisy in Europe .
    👃🏾: Leaves have a strong Camphor smell ⚗️: leaves contain volatile oils rich in Eucalyptol and Camphor.
    ✳️: used to alleviate coughs and hoarseness. Beneficial in treating catarrh (excessive discharge/build up of mucus in nose/throat associated with inflammation of mucus membranes) Used to treat influenza and fevers. It is also used externally...
    REST BELOW

    189 11 29 August, 2018
    Colour morphs

Pelargonium triste flower colour and pattern variation in the same population in our local dog park. These hardy rhizomatous plants are very common in sandy, disturbed areas like our urban park in Cape Town.  The dizzying genetic diversity is not limited to the flower morphology, the leaves vary from plant to plant also!

Can you believe the species name, triste, refers to the 'dull' flowers? The person who described the species must have stumbled onto a cream variation because I could find not one flower yesterday that I would describe as dull!

In my research on edible geophytes, this species keeps cropping up in the archaeology, ethnobotany and among contemporary Bossiedokters' collections on the streets of Cape Town.

Additionally, the leaves and flowers have a lovely scent easily used culinarily.

In my book there is no reason not to like this plant, and there is nothing dull about Pelargoinium triste. . .

#geophyte #capeplants #plantsofinstagram #pelargonium #archaeology #ethnobotany #indigenousedible #colourmorph #mauve #purple #dark #maroon #flower #spring

    Colour morphs

    Pelargonium triste flower colour and pattern variation in the same population in our local dog park. These hardy rhizomatous plants are very common in sandy, disturbed areas like our urban park in Cape Town.  The dizzying genetic diversity is not limited to the flower morphology, the leaves vary from plant to plant also!

    Can you believe the species name, triste, refers to the 'dull' flowers? The person who described the species must have stumbled onto a cream variation because I could find not one flower yesterday that I would describe as dull!

    In my research on edible geophytes, this species keeps cropping up in the archaeology, ethnobotany and among contemporary Bossiedokters' collections on the streets of Cape Town.

    Additionally, the leaves and flowers have a lovely scent easily used culinarily.

    In my book there is no reason not to like this plant, and there is nothing dull about Pelargoinium triste. . .

    #geophyte #capeplants #plantsofinstagram #pelargonium #archaeology #ethnobotany #indigenousedible #colourmorph #mauve #purple #dark #maroon #flower #spring

    113 8 29 August, 2018
    What a gift to watch these beauties open and close, each flower only opens for one day #ferraria#capeplants

    What a gift to watch these beauties open and close, each flower only opens for one day #ferraria #capeplants

    65 6 25 June, 2018
    In all my time out in the veld I have never seen a ripe #kukumakranka fruit. The smell is like sparletta pine nut. The taste is sweet awesomeness. Gonna put one in a bottle of brandy to make muti #capeplants #searchandrescue #fynbos

    In all my time out in the veld I have never seen a ripe #kukumakranka fruit. The smell is like sparletta pine nut. The taste is sweet awesomeness. Gonna put one in a bottle of brandy to make muti #capeplants #searchandrescue #fynbos

    59 10 6 June, 2018

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