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03 December 2016 - Yoga at the Lowveld NBG
Every first Saturday of the month at 08h15 we meet on the mat. Yes, its yoga time at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Be...
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SANBI Events

03 December 2016
Every first Saturday of the month at 08h15 we meet on the mat. Yes, its yoga time at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Be...
03 December 2016
We will have our Annual Fuchsia show in the John Winter Hall on Saturday 3rd December 2016 from 12(Noon) till 5pm, and Sunday 4th...
04 December 2016
Beatenberg are a fresh new face in pop music from Cape Town. They are showing that it is possible to make music on one’s own...

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29 November 2016
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09 November 2016
The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) has produced a biosphere-supporting product that will be used to augment restoration and community upliftment efforts run by the GCBR.Read more
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09 November 2016
Biodiversity is the foundation of our existence and the prerequisite for doing business. Surprisingly few businesses realise that around 40% of the global economy is based on biological products or processesRead more
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09 November 2016
World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. Around the globe, rangers are committed to protecting our natural heritage. World Ranger Day, celebrated on 31 July, offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education.Read more

Plants of the week

Watsonia strictiflora is a striking, rose-pink-flowered, dwarf species with peculiar perianth tubes that are straight and constricted below and strongly curved in the upper part. Although critically endangered in the wild, it responds well to cultivation.

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A dwarf ledebouria, with erect to spreading, grass-like leaves and very small bulbs, usually locally abundant, where it occurs in moist soil in grassland; this species is one of the smallest of all the ledebourias.

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Animal of the week

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The Cape hope squid is regarded as one of the most intelligent species within the class Cephalopoda. Although capable of living in isolation, the Cape hope squid often co-occurs with other fish species in either deep or shallow waters (Rosa et al, 2013). The Cape hope squid is well adapted to hunt in both dark and light waters, as a result – they are successful hunters of various sizes of prey (Sauer and Lipiński, 1991). The duration of the life cycle is less than 2 years and size at maturity is highly variable, depending on geographic location. Males and females may be mature at 90 mm mantle (covering layer) length and 100mm mantle length or immature at 250 mm mantle length and 180 mm mantle length respectively, weighting more than 1 kg for both males and female.

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A 10th SANBI National Botanical Garden, Kwelera NBG, is currently being developed.

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