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The climate in the mountains inland of the Indian Ocean are wet enough to support an "afro-montane" rainforest. It looks similar to what we would call a cool-temperate rainforest in AU, with relatively small leaf sizes and few vines and epiphytes.

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Proteas grow in more open areas:

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Snowfall can be heavy at 1,400m yet bangalow palms can still grow:

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As you head into Orange Free State the climate becomes much drier. This is behind the escarpment in Golden Gate National Park:

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Nice pictures. Were any of the trees you saw old growth Afrocarpus? I'd wondered how much of that was left.


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I never even thought Cussonia could become that large. I thought of it as always like a Schefflera in habit...not a heavy trunked tree. Amazing how much of the dry world is still wetter and warmer then California. Yet,when planted here they do fine.


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Thanks for sharing these photos Phil! Those mountains just capture my sense of wonder, and how I'd enjoy spending time exploring them, but have only been to the Western Cape. Like Stan, I had no idea that Cussonia spicata could get so large. I've got two that are approaching 30 years old and about 40 feet tall, but only lightly branching at this point.

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davidmdzn7 wrote:
Nice pictures. Were any of the trees you saw old growth Afrocarpus? I'd wondered how much of that was left.


Yes, I did see some big ones, especially down near the south coast. The best ones were when I was zip-lining through the forest, so I didn't have the camera, unfortunately.


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Yes, I did see some big ones, especially down near the south coast. The best ones were when I was zip-lining through the forest, so I didn't have the camera, unfortunately.


As excuses go, that's one of the GOTE top 10.

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What a wonderful place. Isn't that tree fern Cyathea dregei?

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I think so, Tom.


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Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing. Did you see any Aloe?


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Not in the Drakensburgs, but if you refer to two of my earlier posts you will see some aloes: Mpumalanga and Swaziland threads.


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And encephalartos ghellinckii?

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I don't remember seeing any cycads on the trip. Not surprising the way we rushed around, but that's package holidaying.


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Great photos Phil
Did you see many Encephalartos cycads in your travels

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Hi Troy, I don't remember seeing any cycads at all.


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Cussonia can get huge, the species, C sphaerocephala can get really tall, topping 30 meters in height. There are Aloe growing in the mountains, A pratensis, A striatula, A aristata and A maculata and in the lower reaches of the Drakensberg, A arborescens, A ferox and A spectabilis. Thanks for sharing Phil.

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