CREW volunteers produce CD of Pondoland endemic and special plants

17 December 2014

Pondoland Centre of Endemism CD cover

The Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) programme is proud to announce that the Pondoland CREW volunteer group recently launched a CD showcasing 134 endemic and special plants of the Pondoland Centre of Endemism. The project to promote these plants was initiated by the late Tony Abbott, the well-known Pondoland botanical specialist. The resultant CD was compiled by Graham Grieve and the Pondoland CREW group.

The Pondoland Centre is one of our important centres of plant diversity and endemism.  Extending along the coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal from Port Shepstone to Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape, the centre is demarcated by the underlying Msikaba Formation sandstone, which gives rise to unique vegetation.

Information easily accessible

The Pondoland Centre has 30 species of woody endemics, including at least six monotypic genera (Dahlgrenodendron, Eriosemopsis, Jubaeopsis, Pseudosalacia, Pseudoscolopia and Rhynchocalyx). There are also many rare and endemic species in the grasslands, forests and among rocky outcrops.  For further information about plants of this region or access to the herbarium, contact PCEherbarium@gmail.com.

The CD contains an Adobe Acrobat file for use on personal computers. The information is structured to facilitate easy access via the index and search function. Each species is covered on a separate page including photographs and brief species description. Providing the information in this way allows the reader to enlarge the images for greater detail, a feature not possible with a printed document.

Information supplied by the Pondoland CREW champion, Graham Grieve.

Copies of the CD can be obtained from the SANBI bookshop in Pretoria (bookshop@sanbi.org.za) or from the CREW KZN node manager, Suvarna Parbhoo in Durban.

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