Exploring Edgeware

Led by Rory Brighton, the group assembled at the Boston T-Party and drove to a suitable spot on the hill. Walking from there, and choosing a westerly aspect the party soon split into those who covered the whole distance to the beacon at the top, and those who achieved a half-way flower search.

on Edgeware 029.res

Rob Speirs pointed out old wagon trails heading to Bulwer and tracks that had been created by oxen dragging indigenous timber to the station. Philip Grant explained that the huge rocks were dolorite, now exposed by erosion.

DIsa nigrescens Edgeware 037res.

Edgeware can be said to have been far below its plant potential. No doubt a consequence of the considerable ongoing rains since October and the searing heat of recent days. But that is not to say that Edgeware did not produce some really worthwhile flowering plants. But the big surprise is that the thousands of Eriosema, particularly the distinctum and salignum, forgot to flower this year. There are thousands of plants but no sign of a bloom. We did find something new to puzzle over though – Tragia meyeriana – stinging nettle creeper.

2012 12 28 Edgeware Tragia meyeriana 02RES.

The ground orchids which were seen, made up in quality if not quite such numbers. There were lots of Eulophia tenella, often in large groups

2012 12 28 Edgeware Eulophia tenella RES.

numerous Asclepias albens – once four in a group

Asclepias albens by David crop.

David photographed them earnestly

David photographs Asclepias on Edgeware 072.res

and took GPS readings for the considerable number of Asclepias cultriformis

asclepias cultriforim by David

Aren’t they spectacular up close?

2012 12 28 Edgeware Asclepias cultriformis 02RES.

After seeing some blue Moraea inclinata,

morea inclinata by David rotated.

Christeen Grant located a mystery Moraea which has us very excited. It is partly like a Moraea brevistyla, but has quite distinct differences

2012 12 28 Edgeware Moraea sp don't think brevistyla RES.

The Pachycarpus never failed to get attention, both Pachycarpus natalensis

Pachcarpus natelensis by David

and what we think is Pachycarpus dealbatus

Pachcarpus dealbatus by david

And not to forget the numerous Eulophia clavicornis

2012 12 28 Edgeware Eulophia sp think clavicornisres.

Another excitement on a hillside usually known for its Aloes, was that few Aloe boylii were in flower.

2012 12 28 Edgeware Aloe boylei 02res.

On the lower slopes we had to fight through American Bramble which had taken advantage of the distrurbance caused the the pipelint to the resevoir. Higher up however, we were pleased to find the indigenous bramble Rubus lugwigii

Celia admires the indigenous bramble. Edgeware 068res.

According to Rob, the big red termite mounds were a recent addition to the landscape.

anthill on Edgeware 036.res

Those who walked to the beacon at 1555m, were rewarded with this view. Not as sptacular as on a clear day. Pauline commented “I’ve really enjoyed all the Midlands walks I have done, but this one has been my favourite.”

2012 12 28 Edgeware view from the beacon.RES

Rory concluded “It was great to have a good turn out and see everyone so enthusiastic about the flowers. I even learned a few names myself.”

Look under Events for a list of all the regular walks happening in 2013. There will also be a number of ‘once off’ excursions like the CREW outing to Happy Valley/Palmer Four near Impendle. This takes place on 6 January and is certain to be a great outing. Contact Barbara Clulow for more info:072 961 1918 Watch the press for details of these.

This report was compiled by David Clulow, with a little help from his friends.

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