Rare plant found in Koeberg Reserve
A RARE species of flower that once populated large parts of the West Coast region has been found at the Koeberg Nature Reserve.
The endangered flower, known as the Grey Afrikaner, or as Gladiolus Griseus, is one of the rarest Gladiolus species and used to inhabit the area from Milnerton through the West Coast but is now only found in three locations. There are only 250 Grey Afrikaners left in the world, which makes the discovery all the more important for environmentalists.
South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world with Cape Town also the home of Fynbos where there are over 3 000 plant species.
Eskom spokesperson Lewis Phidza said the utility was very excited by the discovery.
Koeberg Nature Reserve is next to the Koeberg nuclear power station and is owned by Eskom as part of their environmental programmes, which involve research into the environment in relation to the power plant, said Phidza.
The Grey Afrikaner