Flora

August 14, 2012

Those yellow flowers

Text and photographs Luise Hoffmann Travel anywhere in the northern half Namibia these days and you’ll find the roads lined with dense stands of bright golden-yellow […]
August 23, 2012

Nature Notes Namibia: Succulents

Bleeding fingers, ice plants, window plants, flowering stones by Amy Schoeman Referred to collectively as veld vygies and informally as ‘mesems’ by botanists and ‘planties’, at […]
September 3, 2012

Namibian nature notes: Osonanga lily

by Amy Schoeman The ‘anti-plant’ that thrives under drought conditions The osonanga lily (slangkop, groenlelie, Pseudogaltonia clavata, Lidneria clavata) , is described by botanists as a ‘relatively unimportant poisonous’ […]
October 3, 2012

Naturally !nara

by Ron Swilling The thorny green !nara plant grows determinedly on desert hummocks – as if defying the gods – presenting green bursts of life in […]
October 26, 2012

The Baobab – one of Namibia’s super trees

By Jana-Mari Smith – 26 October 2012 Knowledge and wisdom are like a Baobab tree, one person’s arms cannot encompass it – African proverb The immense trunk […]
November 12, 2012

The indefatigable commiphoras – hardy, varied, adaptable

Nature Notes by Amy Schoeman The weird, fantastically shaped commiphoras of Namibia’s arid and semi-arid regions are an important component of Namibian flora. Represented by 25 […]
November 13, 2012

Namibia’s desert flowers

Desert flowers, shy flowers By Jackie Marie I’m a USA big-city girl, born and bred. The jungles I know are concrete. Where I come from, trees […]
November 14, 2012

The amazing anaboom – a vital source

By Barbara Curtis, Photographs Vivienne Ward The Namib Desert appears to be a dry and dusty place where plants and animals battle against temperature extremes, strong winds […]
December 21, 2012

The inimitable omajowa – Namibia’s giant, wild, edible mushroom

Text and photographs Annabelle Venter The very name itself, o-m-a-j-o-w-a, causes the heart to beat a little faster. Certainly amongst Namibians, at any rate! For this […]
March 14, 2013

Love of botany: Saturday in the garden

Photos and blog post by Annabelle Venter While for some people Saturdays might mean shopping in the mall, there’s another more restful way to start your […]
May 15, 2013

Trees for Travellers – Predatory trees, hooks and pricks

Text and photos by Luise Hoffmann For tree lovers a trip in northern Namibia along the B8 is particularly rewarding, especially the stretch between Grootfontein and […]
May 16, 2013

The baobab tree, magic and Tate Kalunga

Text and photos by Ron Swilling The sacred centre of a living baobab, where arboreal and divine energy mix together, is an experience in itself. It […]
October 26, 2013

Tree awards 2013

At the 7th annual Tree Awards 2013 several organisations and people were honoured for their work in preserving Namibia’s natural tree heritage.  The winners were:  Almut […]
December 20, 2013

Travel trips for Tree Lovers

Text and photographs Luise Hoffmann Mammals of all ages are easy to identify by their shape. However, identifying a plant requires a closer look and paying […]
January 2, 2014

Welwitschia mirabilis, Uncrowned Monarch of the Namib

Authors: Ernst van Jaarsveld & Uschi Pond, Penrock Publications, Cape Town, 2013 Ancient, majestic, awesome and mysterious   Review by Barbara Curtis “A living monument! Convoluted, bold […]
February 6, 2014

Namibia – Summer Flower Shows and the Sandhof Lilies

Text and photographs Annabelle Venter Purple thunderclouds, the scent of rain, hand-rearing baby weavers, baby springbok taking their first steps, hunting for omajovas, carpets of yellow […]
May 8, 2014

In the Shade of A Mighty Baobab

The opening of the Namushasha Heritage Centre Text and photographs Ron Swilling Sweet-smelling thatch-roofed structures and attractive informative panels encircle an ancient baobab. Beyond the reed-fringed […]
May 19, 2014

Namibia | A day in the life of a devil’s-claw harvester

Text Lee Hewitson Due to its livelihood importance to rural Namibians, there is abundant research and data on devil’s-claw income generation, value-addition, market access, participation, and […]
August 14, 2014

Travel Tips for Tree Lovers | Namibia

Text and photographs Luise Hoffmann – Main photograph: Schinziophyton rautanenii – along the B8 ©Luise Hoffmann During Namibia’s chilly months, you can seek temporary relief by […]
September 10, 2014

Namibia Indigenous Plant Book launched

By Jana-Mari Smith Despite Namibia’s designation as the driest country south of the Sahara, it boasts an impressive feat: It is endowed with a rich bio-diversity, […]

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