Rare plant found in Koe­berg Re­serve

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - LUKE FOLB

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.

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The Grey Afrikaner

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