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Piekenierskloof
 
Flora

Cederberg Wilderness Area

Predominantly mountain fynbos. The lower slopes support laurel protea, silky conebush, sand olive and yellow daisies, with wild olives and mountain maytenus on the rocky outcrops.

Waboom veld also occurs at this lower altitude. The eye-catching purple-blue ridderspoor, rooibos tea and buchu grow against the lower cliffs, while higher up one finds fynbos restio veld, with red disas in abundance along streams on the plateau.

The Clanwilliam cedar grows in cedar zone against cliffs and overhangs at altitudes of more than 1 000m above sea level. In the wetter ravines, Red and white alder, yellowwood, hard-pear and Cape beech are found in the wetter ravines, while wild olive, silky bark and spoonwood prefer dryer kloofs.

The endemic snow protea is very rare and found only at a few sites in the area, but is undoubtedly the most attractive plant on the highest peaks.

 

The Piekenierskloof Pass is close to the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, so we refer to this as it has a wealth of fauna and flora.

The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, with its extraordinary rock formations and popular hiking routes, lies about 120 km north of Cape Town.

It is situated in the Groot Winterhoek mountain range, north of Tulbagh and east of Porterville. The area is 33 km beyond Porterville, and visitors must take the Cardouw turn-off about 2 km north of Porterville, travel up the steep Dasklip Pass and follow the sign-boards to the office and parking area.

Mountain fynbos is the predominant vegetation.

Various rare, threatened and endemic species occur here. The threatened Sorocephalus scabridus, a member of the protea family, grows at Kliphuisvlakte. A large variety of red disas flower in abundance along the streams near the reserve office in January and February.

Many erica species occur and flower virtually throughout the year. The ericas are particularly beautiful in the summer and the veld resembles a colourful patchwork.

 

(With acknowledgement to CapeNature

 
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