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Interim Distribution Maps - Peninsula Edition 4

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March 1999

The Cape Peninsula remains one of the best atlassed regions in southern Africa: 16 per cent of all Sight Record Sheets (SRS) received by the Protea Atlas Project come from here. Some 4 169 SRS have been sent in by 74 atlassers, amounting to 17 396 records of proteas. Of the 48 species indigenous to the Cape Peninsula (including the three Hakea spp), only five remain to be recorded after our seventh year: all of these are almost certainly extinct in the area! Congratulations and thanks to all those who have helped to achieve this success.

SRS have been submitted by these Atlassers.

Since our last IDM in 1994, two differences in the most frequently recorded species on the Cape Peninsula can be noted. Firstly, the Green Tree Pincushion has usurped the two common Conebushes as the most recorded species at just 1 SRS short of 2 000 records. Secondly, the Valley Spiderhead has entered the top 10 proteas, usurping the Common Ground Sugarbush into position number "11". Only 11 species have been recorded more than 500 times to date.

Table 1: Species with more than 500 records

Species Number of
Ls conocarpodendron viridum 1999
Ld xanthoconus 1812
Ld salignum 1756
Ld laureolum 1543
Pr cynaroides 1208
Pr lepidocarpodendron 1174
Mi fimbriifolius 1123
Di divaricata divaricata 952
Se villosa 692
Pr nitida 573
Pr acaulos 572

Five species appear to be extinct on the Peninsula, and have not been recorded (not even from planted specimens) in the area, although Spatalla curvifolia probably never occurred on the Peninsula. Two species (Se inconspicua & Se aemula foeniculacea) have only been recorded less than 10 times. In fact, together with the three species recorded less than 20 times, these are all known from single location on the Cape Peninsula. Some were probably more common in the past.

Table 2: Rarely recorded species:

No Records Number of
None 5 Ld gran, Ls vest, Pr scor, Se aemea, Sp curv
1-9 2 Se inco - 4, Se aemuf - 7
10-20 3 Au canc 15, Ld levi 15, Ld rubr 11
21-50 8  

More details are given under the specific species accounts, including details of some problems we would like you to help us solve. Information is also given on hybrids (page 4), planted species (page 4) and problematic data (after the species accounts). Gaps requiring visits are detailed on (page 5). Please help us to fill all the gaps!

How to Use These Maps

Each map comprises the same basic elements.

The background comprising:
1. the coastline,
2. the CPPNE and nature reserves (see details below),
3. latitude at 34oS and 34o15’S (lines from W to E), &
4. the post offices (o) of the major towns & suburbs.

The Protea Atlas Project data comprise:

  • The Record Localities (l ) at which a species has been atlassed. Each dot on the species maps is 430 m in diameter, roughly the maximum size (500 m diameter) of a record locality, although some record localities may be smaller (see page 6 of your Protea Atlas Manual for details on Record Locality size).
  • Also shown are herbarium records where we have computerized these. These are the shaded circles. The size of the shaded circles denotes the accuracy to which the locality could be placed. Vague localities such as "Cape Peninsula", "Cape Town" and "Cape of Good Hope" are not shown. These are from monographs on the genera and from additional data in the major South African herbaria. We hope to computerize the remaining species over the next year or so.
  • The species’ "Atlas Code" and the number of Record Localities (including repeats) from which it has been recorded.

The accompanying text outlines some important diagnostic information, where the species is known from historically, where it has been atlassed and any pointers as to where it may profitably be visited should more data be required.

Some points to bear in mind:

  • Repeat RSR: Some localities are regularly atlassed. Such records are extremely helpful in giving us seasonal patterns (phenology) of flowering, growth and seedling germination. Please remember that you can use a Repeat SRS for sites you visit regularly. All you need to record is your "Observer Number" (your code, the date and the site number for the day), the name, flowering and new growth codes for each species observed, and the "Observer Number" of the first SRS which you submitted for that site. (See page 58 of your Protea Atlas Manual for further details). Monthly repeats for several years are ideal, but any odd bits of information help. Many repeat localities may be represented on the map by a single point.
  • Nature Reserves: We have provided the boundaries of the New Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment (CPPNE) to allow orientation. However, we have retained the boundaries of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Silvermine Nature Reserve for easy reference. Please continue to use the names of the Nature Reserves shown on your maps for the time being.
  • Non-atlas data: If you know of any additional historical records, even if anecdotal or apocryphal, which can be placed on a map, we should appreciate being informed of them.
  • Referencing your follow ups: If you have the time and the inclination we should be most grateful if you could visit the sites for which we require more data! Please remember to note in the "Additional Remarks Box" that you visited the site in response to the IDM and note any Observer numbers or references given.
  • Visiting the species: These maps thus tell you where proteas have been recorded. They can be used in conjunction with the overall map on page 5 to understand distribution ranges (you need to know if the gaps are due to lack of data or absence of species). On their own the maps for each species can be used to identify gaps in the species distribution which might require further attention. If you know of a nearby population which has not been atlassed or might not have a herbarium record, please either atlas the site or inform us at your convenience. If you are a keen botanist, nature lover, or conservationist, you should make an attempt to get to see – and atlas - all the proteas on the Peninsula! You may find them at an unknown location at some later stage – and then be able to contribute to their conservation!
  • If you are looking for a suitable walk, hike or picnic, you might consider visiting the gaps. These are shown and discussed on pages 4-5. Extremely popular sites have not yet been visited, because atlassers seem to assume that popular sites are likely to have been atlassed. Unfortunately, if too many atlassers think this way then commonly visited places will be poorly atlassed! We can never have too much data – every little bit helps!

Apart from the general gaps there are some species which require more attention. If you live on the Peninsula you may wish to see a certain species, perhaps to acquaint yourself with its features, or to locate a new colony, or simply because you wish to see all the proteas which occur on the Cape Peninsula. Thus it is the rarer species for which the Protea Atlas Project's data base is the most useful for conservation purposes.

And then there are Protea Atlas queries that need to be checked out. These involve going to atlassed sites and checking the data. Based on your input we can correct our maps. Sometimes all we require is confirmation. Other times herbarium records are called for. [If you need to know more on how to collect such material, please contact us.] Validation of queried information is an important task for keeping our data base relevant. Unlike the bird atlas (birds fly away and cannot be "revisited") and other atlasses (where "grid square" rather than detailed locality data are noted) we can easily verify our records. However, we need to do so before fires rejuvenate the veld. Some urgency should thus be afforded to verification. This is best done during the species' flowering times. Again, this task involves detective work. If this aspect of atlassing interests you, then please contact us for further details of sites to be visited.

Please feel free to ask the office for details of any area you intend visiting. We may know of some some data requiring verification, some odd record or rumour which requires detective work, some rare Ericas or Brunias (we have a "hitlist" for Erica) or other plants which scientists want found, all of which may make your hike more interesting, exciting and enjoyable.
Thank you for your participation to date. We look forward to hearing from you again.

You probably know of areas where Proteas occur which are not shown on the maps. If you do, then you are aware of information that will help us to conserve our flora. Please atlas it or contact us. Remember, every little item is useful and will be used. Nothing will be discarded.


Some 13 hybrids have been recorded to date. These are:
Leucadendron: Ld cfrm X xant (8 records),
Ld laur X sgnm (3 records), Ld stro X xant (5 records),
Leucospermum: Ls conov X hypoh (2 records), Ls cordifolium crosses (2 records),
Protea: Pr lepi X neri, Pr laur X lepi, Pr burc X laur, Pr lepi X long, Pr lepi X obtu, Pr lepi X niti (3 records) & Serruria: Se glom X vill (46 records).

Planted and Escapes

Some 60 species have been recorded as planted or possibly planted. Many of these are species that are widespread off the Cape Peninsula. Others are re-introductions or localized plantings. Those species alien to the Cape Peninsula but now growing here include:
Aulax umbellata,
Grevillea robusta, Hakea salicifolia,
Leucadendron cinereum, eucalyptifolium, gydoense,
linifolium, meridianum, salicifolium & uliginosum.
Leucospermum cordifolium
(28 records), cuneiforme,
glabrum, Ls muirii, Ls reflexum
(13) and tottum
Paranomus reflexus,
Protea aurea (10), compacta (19), eximia (15),
lacticolor (6), lanceolata, laurifolia (17), longifolia
(11), magnifica, mundii, neriifolia (34), obtusifolia,
punctata, roupelliae, rubropilosa, and susannae (6),
Stenocarpus sinuatus (Newlands Forest: PAN 35.6) &
Telopea speciosissima.

The majority of these are on the Else Peak slopes above Fish Hoek, Lion's Rump and around the Silvermine Dam.
Please remember to clearly indicate on your Sight Record Sheets whether "alien" proteas are "definitely planted" or "possible escapees" (i.e. no sign of planting or planted plants). Very many plants that should not be on the Peninsula have been planted in the past! We should like to know which ones are potential pests and which ones cannot hold their own against our indigenous proteas.

Places Mentioned

Too many places are mentioned in the text to provide a map of all of them. Those requiring more information are accompanied by coordinates under queries. Further details can be found on the following 1:50 000 maps (available from Dept of Surveys & Mapping, Mowbray):
3318CD Cape Town;
3418AB & AD Cape Peninsula.

Please note for your safety that it is unwise to walk on our mountains without these maps or a suitable equivalent. It goes without saying that unless you can use the maps under adverse conditions they are practically useless.

Areas Atlassed

The Peninsula is fairly well covered to date. The following areas require additional data to cover the gaps.Cape Peninsula Areas Atlassed

  • The eastern cliffs of Table Mountain - Erica to Fernwood Buttresses. Please stay on safe routes. You may start a new plot with every 200m ascent.
  • The Lower slopes of the Twelve Apostles below the Pipe Track ,especially that portion belonging to the original farm Oudekraal.
  • Orangekloof - both the contour road and below - look out for proteas within the area invaded by forest species.
  • The steeper slopes of Karbonkelsberg (especially the north and west sides, but also on the eastern side). Also the saddle to Little Lionshead.
  • The western slopes of Skoorsteunkop and Baviaanskloof above Tierkrans.
  • Contantiaberg east slopes above and in the Tokai Plantation.
  • The slopes of Noordhoek Estate from Chapmans Peak to Spitskop, south of Noordhoek Peak.
  • The east slopes of Steenberg around Die Ou Kaapse weg.
  • The Flats between Noordhoek and Kommetjie (Kommetjie Estates) north of Wildevoelvlei and west of SoutPan/Harmony.
  • Dassenberg to Tunnel Cave and Skildersgatkop.
  • Glencairne from Dido Valley to DaGama Park.
  • Red Hill north of the Pass (TB50 to TB121).
  • Kleinplaas Dam area, especially north of Platkop and Vlooiberg.
  • The Jackson and Rawson Reservoirs and Langeberg south of Red Hill.
  • Tuinkop and Blombosvlei in the northern Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • South of Cape Point Gap on the Swartkopberge, southeastof Dassiekop.
  • The upper east slopes of the Swartkopberge.
  • Between Groot Rondevlei and Klein Rondevlei northeast of Olifantsbosch in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
  • Smitswinkelvlakte - Blaauwberg and Klaasjagersberg in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
  • Twixt Suurdam and the Dias Monument in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

Distribution Maps

Aulax cancellata  - Channel-leaf Featherbush

Brabejum stellatifolium - Wild Almond

Diastella divaricata divaricata - Peninsula Silkypuff
Diastella proteoides - Flats Silkypuff

Needlebush Introduction
Hakea drupacea - Sweet Needlebush
Hakea gibbosa
- Rock Needlebush
Hakea sericea
- Silky Needlebush

Pincushion Introduction
Leucospermum conocarpodendron conocarpodendron - Grey Tree Pincushion
Leucospermum conocarpodendron viridum - Green Tree Pincushion
Leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron hypophyllocarpodendron - Green Snake-stem Pincushion
Leucospermum vestitum
- Silky-hair Pincushion

Pagoda Introduction
Mimetes cucullatus
- Common Pagoda
Mimetes fimbriifolius - Tree Pagoda
Mimetes hirtus - Marsh Pagoda

Conebush Introduction
Leucadendron levisanus - Cape Flats Conebush
Leucadendron argenteum - Silver Tree
Leucadendron rubrum - Spinning-top Conebush
Leucadendron macowanii - Acacia-leaf Conebush
Leucadendron floridum - Flats Conebush
Leucadendron salignum - Common Sunshine Conebush
Leucadendron spissifolium spissifolium - Common Spearleaf Conebush
Leucadendron xanthoconus - Sickleleaf Conebush
Leucadendron coniferum - Dune Conebush
Leucadendron laureolum - Laurel-leaf Conebush
Leucadendron strobilinum - Peninsula Conebush

Sugarbush Introduction
Protea nitida - Wagon Tree
Protea nitida - Wagon Tree dwarf form
Protea cynaroides - King Sugarbush
Protea repens - Common Sugarbush
Protea speciosa - Brown Bearded Sugarbush
Protea grandiceps - Red Bearded Sugarbush
Protea lepidocarpodendron - Black Bearded Sugarbush
Protea neriifolia - Narrow-leaf Sugarbush
Protea coronata - Green Sugarbush
Protea burchelli - Burchell's Sugarbush
Protea scolymocephala - Thistle Sugarbush
Protea acaulos - Common Ground Sugarbush

Spiderhead Introduction
Serruria fasciflora - Common Spiderhead
Serruria inconspicua - Cryptic Spiderhead
Serruria villosa - Golden Spiderhead
Serruria hirsuta - Swartkops Spiderhead
Serruria glomerata - Cluster Spiderhead
Serruria glomerata X Serruria villosa
Serruria collina - Lost Spiderhead
Serruria collina flagellaris
Serruria decumbens - Peninsula Whip-Spiderhead
Serruria aemula foeniculacea - Strawberry Spiderhead
Serruria trilopha - Trident Spiderhead
Serruria cyanoides - Wynberg Spiderhead

Peninsula Priorities

The following areas are considered priority atlassing areas in that they allow the atlassing of many species for phenological purposes. We would appreciate it if you might consider atlassing some of the sites over the next twelve months.

Kenilworth Race Course: Di prot, Ld levi, Se glom.

Karbonkelberg: Se coll, Se cyan - watch out for the Ld xanthoconus-coniferum hybrids.

Rondevlei Nature Reserve: Ld levi, Se aemu f, & Se tril. The southern extension should be explored.

Silvermine Nature Reserve: - Nellies Pool to Bachelors Cove -look out for Au canc south of the path.

Rooikrans: Se coll f, Se cyan, Pr niti d.

Swartkopberg upper and mid eastern slopes, especially round Block House Gap: Se coll f, Se inco, & Se hirs.

Seasonal Coverage

January: All three Hakeas, Ld coniferum, Ld floridum, Mi hirtus, Pr nitida dwarf, Pr scolymocephala, Se collina f, Se cyanoides, Se glomerata, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

February: Au cancellata, Ha gibbosa, Ha sericea, Ld argenteum, Ld spissifolium, Ls conocarpodendron conocarpodendron, Ls hypophyllocarpodendron, Mi cucullatus, Pr burchellii, Pr nitida dwarf, Se collina f, Se inconspicua.

March: Br stellatifolium, Ha gibbosa, Ld argenteum, Se collina, Se cyanoides, Se inconspicua.

April: Ha drupacea, Ha gibbosa, Ld floridum, Mi cucullatus, Mi hirtus, Se collina, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua

May: Au cancellata, Br stellatifolium, Ha gibbosa, Ld argenteum, Ld floridum, Mi hirtus, Pr grandiceps, Se collina, Se hirsuta.

June: Ha gibbosa, Ha sericea, Ld argenteum, Ld floridum, Ld macowanii, Mi hirtus, Pr burchellii, Pr grandiceps, Se collina, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

July: Au cancellata, Ha gibbosa, Ld coniferum, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

August: Au cancellata, Br stellatifolium, Ld argenteum, Ld floridum, Ld spissifolium, Pr nitida dwarf, Se collina, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

September: Au cancellata, Br stellatifolium, Ld argenteum, Ld floridum, Ls conocarpodendron conocarpodendron, Mi cucullatus, Mi hirtus, Pr coronata, Se collina, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

October: Au cancellata, Br stellatifolium, Ha drupacea, Ld argenteum, Ld strobilinum, Mi cucullatus, Mi hirtus, Pr coronata, , Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

November: Au cancellata, Di divaricata, Ld coniferum, Ld floridum, Ld laureolum, Ld macowanii, Ld spissifolium, Ls hypophyllocarpodendron, Mi hirtus  Pr grandiceps, Pr nitida dwarf, Se collina, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta, Se inconspicua.

December: Au cancellata, Di divaricata, Ld floridum, Ld laureolum, Ld macowanii, Ld spissifolium, Ls hypophyllocarpodendron, Mi hirtus, Pr nitida dwarf, Pr scolymocephala, Se collina, Se decumbens, Se inconspicua.

Verification Required

Please state that you are checking data in the Additional Remarks box. Further details, in addition to those under the species accounts, are available on the web page.

Please note that these checks are not always simple. Sometimes the obvious answers are already recorded on the SRS being queried. Ideally please request a complete SRS listing before visiting these sites. These are available on request.

Ha unknown:
WMP93110704 340310s 182295E 860m Just below big rock almost at top of Contantiaberg – Hout Bay side.

Ld unknown:
WAN97011801 340541S 182523E 280m From Oukaapseweg to parking place along road to dam.

WAN97061601 340990S 182574E 80m Circular walk from parking place to concrete dam to lookout.

WAN97062101 340452S 182406E 540m Circular path begin/end at parking place at dam.

Ld coniferum: could these be Ld xanthoconus

NGF93110601 340549S 182583E 330m 100 m E pine plantation in Silvermine N R NE of Wolfkop

NGF93111401 340604S 182721E 400m Military antenna installation Muizenberg mntn on rd to peaks

NGF93111402 340655S 182717E 360m on path in Mimetes Valley

NGF94010101 340554S 182416E 350m 1km WNW of Bokkop on firebreak

WAN97100101 340462S 182216E 300m Circular walk/ jeeptrek from parkingplace to concretdam to outlook

WAN97100201 340462S 182216E 500m Circular walk from fireoutlook to turn off to Blackburn Ravine # 2

Ld floridum: herbarium records please:

CNR95032003 341785S 182687E 150m 350 m from main rd S of first turnoff for Circular Drive

CRS95020803 341853S 182701E 95m On N bank of small dam on road to Bordjiesdrif

NSC94120401 340103S 182243E 40m Erf along valley rd 1km SW from rd end Hout Bay

Ld laureolum: could these be Ld strobilinum

AKS93072201 335968S 182458E 740m Summit Klassenkop

APE94080701 340073S 182400E 250m Reservior slopes facing South

JID95013104 340059S 182113E 200m Along edge of pine plantation

NSC94122701 340053S 182120E 230m West end of f/b towards east end & row of pines

NSC94122706 340028S 182069E 100m Below road in river N of Llundudno entrance

NSC94122707 340028S 182066E 40m Just above sewage works

WIJ93092606 340220S 181975E 510m Karbonkelberg along path between Suther Pk and R

Ld levisanus – what can this be?

WAN97100101 340462S 182216E 300m Circular walk from parking place to concrete dam to lookout.

Ld spissifolium: could these be Ld salignum?

ASP94061201 340600S 182609E 350m No details: Klein Tuinkop - Muizenberg Mountains

CVV95100801 340895S 182265E 230m No details: Noordhoek Estate - Chapmans Peak

WIJ92042602 340870S 182033E 100m 1 km along path St Josephs church to peak 181 near Kommetjie

Ls conocarpodendron high on Table Mountain. How high do the two subspecies grow on the mountain?

AGR92020711 335841S 182435E 780m Slopes hill N of Woodhead overseer's house Table Mountain

AKS92080602 340308S 182288E 800m Route from path to summit up NW slope Constantiaberg

Mi cucullatus:: is this perhaps Mi fimbriifolius?

FBH96031606 341612S 182423E 60m Olifantsbosch 1056 1.8km NE of wreck of Nolloth

NGF94011502 341574S 182448E 100m 500m NW of Sirkelsvlei on firebreak

NSC94091704 340308S 182203E 120m Below old mine road to Chapmans P drive [N]

NSC94092406 340346S 182029E 170m Near Houtbay

NSC94092501 340357S 182248E 360m Towards end of road up side of C/P stream to bend

NSC95120305 340151S 182413E 500m S slopes above Constantiabergs SAFCOL plantations

PGD94021102 341613S 182500E 90m SW corner of Sirkelsvlei

Pr burchellii

JAT95081602 340905S 182597E 120m Above Glencairn Heights

NGF96122801 340577S 182554E 270m Silvermine Rapekraal 919 on rd S Wolfkop + SSW Sh 446m

WAN97100101 340462S 182216E 300m Circular walk/ jeeptrek from parkingplace to concretdam to outlook

Pr neriifolia possibly Pr lepidocarpodendron

MIT98072601 340562S 182722E 320m No details given: Below Lakeside Ridge

MIT98072602 340551S 182674E 380m No details given: Below Lakeside Ridge Boyes Drive sh573m

MIT98072603 340627S 182750E 300m No details given: Below Lakeside Ridge 0.4km N Pecks Valley.

WAN97071201 340541S 182523E 280m Turnoff Ou Kaapse Weg to entrance Silvermine Forest Reserve

Pr nitida d – are these not the normal form of Pr nitida?

AJT93032705 340322S 182306E 880m Little valley nr top SW Constantiaberg summit

AJT93041810 340300S 181977E 240m Track S Kapteinspiek

AJT93041811 340300S 182000E 150m Track S Kapteinspiek

AJT94040902 340300S 181977E 240m Track S Kapteinspiek

AJT94040907 340292S 181965E 300m SW of rd cliff above Brako

AJT95020402 340300S 181977E 240m Track s Kapteinspiek

AJT95020404 340292S 181965E 300m SW of rd cliff above Brako

AKS93100704 335851S 182310E 450m Lower 3 firs path just above Pipe Track on Spring Buttress

APE93112701 340280S 181985E 350m Sandy slope in bend of rd west of Kapteinspiek

ASP94073102 340167S 182013E 300m Half way up track to Suthers Peak

CBE93091901 335965S 182487E 650m Cliff n-side stream Cecilia Rav nr top

JID95013103 340046S 182123E 260m Path up Llandudno crnr from where it leaves pine windbreak

NGF93120501 340124S 182397E 430m N slope of Vlakkenberg on path from Constantia Nek

NGF93122701 340124S 182397E 430m N slope of Vlakkenberg on path from Constantia Nek

NGF94091002 340571S 182726E 300m P path above Boyes Drive in unnamed valley SE Lakeside ridge

NSC94071001 340086S 182412E 250m Foot path up to Flakkenburg

NSC94071002 340108S 182406E 360m Foot path up to Flakkenburg

NSC94122703 340041S 182127E 300m Path up to Houtbay corner ridge from f/b up

PGD93091503 340696S 182694E 320m On right of path from Nellies Pool to Jacobs Ladder

Se collina: please follow up leads from the following. Remember to code the creeping form as Se coll f.–
Else Peak, Smitswinkel (on Fence at boundary of Ld macowani site – herbarium record required), Swartkopberg ridge.

Se cyanoides:

AJT93041801 340205S 181961E 550m S slope Suther Peak

AJT94100201 340205S 181961E 550m S slope Suther Peak

CVV94091504 340808S 182320E 220m No details provided - N Rooikrans Pk

Se decumbens: (Herbarium record required)
CNR96040101 341832S 182500E 60m 900m SW from spot height 108 CGHNR

Se fasciflora

PVR93061205 340884S 182315E 240m Near junction of footpath and track

WIJ94060403 341860S 182600E 100m Gt Blouberg Rd

WIJ94060406 341550S 182750E 140m Cape Point rd 0.2 km S Smitswinkel Bay turnoff on W side of rd

WIJ96011301 341610S 182480E 100m Olifantsbosch 1056 w of Sirkelsvlei

Se villosa – is this Se glomerata?
NSC96032201 340308S 182613E 20m Tokai forest east of rd south of stream in section Sweetvalley Vy

Species for Special Attention

We are desperately short on data for the following species. We should like to have records of additional locations, and more data from existing locations for seasonal data on flowering and growth.

The very rare proteas on the Peninsula.

Se aemula foeniculacea, Se inconpicua & Se trilopha.
Ld floridum, Ld levisanus, Ld rubrum

The Peninsula endemics:

Ld macowanii, Ls conocarpodendron conocarpo-dendron, Se collina, Se cyanoides, Se decumbens, Se hirsuta.

Any suggestions and ideas for improving the IDM and its usefulness to you will be gratefully appreciated.

Where is Spatalla curvifolia?

The report of Spatalla from Table Mountain is almost certainly an error. No herbarium record exists to back up this claim.

But assuming that there might perhaps be some truth in the claim – where might one look. Sp curvifolia White-stalked Unispoon tends to be a social species, occurring in stands which are unlikely to be easily overlooked. It also flowers all year round! The most likely spots are the mid-lower eastern slopes of Table Mountain from Orangekloof to Devils Peak.

Services Offered

The Protea Atlas Project offers various other services to persons wishing to atlas proteas. These include:

  • Photostatted copies of sections of maps in which atlassers wish to walk for atlassing purposes;
  • "Life lists" and species lists for specific atlassers;
  • Lists of protea species for specific areas (both herbarium and atlassed) to aid atlassers with identification and route planning.
  • Details of known localities and summary statistics for species (for conservation purposes).

For those with access to computers we have the following additional features:

We hope soon to have a Worldmap for South Africa (at present we have one for the Cape Flora and another for Africa). This will allow you to view the distributions of proteas on a 1:50 000 map scale. You can then follow the discovery of new sites and try and visit those areas which have not been visited. Species lists per map square and map squares for particular species can easily be generated. The programme can also be used to design nature reserves for efficiently conserving the flora of KwaZulu-Natal.

Protea Atlas Sight Record Sheet Database
This package allows you to capture your Protea Atlas Project data directly onto your computer. From it you can generate reports showing where you have been atlassing, where species occur, your life lists, and a host of useful other features. Specifically, all your data are checked as you enter them in, so that you cannot make any mistakes. This electronic data can be e-mailed to the Protea Atlas Office, thus reducing our costs and speeding up data capture times. The on-line help facility is a wonder! This is a must for computer boffins. Have a look at Protea Atlas SRS Database for more details.

Acknowledgements Notes

We wish to thank all the atlassers for their effort and time spent hunting down proteas. We trust that they will continue enjoying atlassing! They are the real authors and editors of this work.

To those amateurs who have helped with the project, but have not yet sent in any data, we thank you while awaiting your SRS.

To the Conservation Officials, both of the old regimes and the new, many thanks for putting up with us walking all over your reserves. We hope that you will find this data useful, and that you will continue helping to set a sound foundation for monitoring the veld and assessing conservation options in the Peninsula.

The South African National Parks are thanked for their assistance with printing the Interim Distribution Maps, and providing the map of the CPPNE. We look forward to their increased involvement in the project as their field rangers get to grips with the Proteaceae and other fynbos elements.

The volunteers who have checked the coordinates, ensured that your data are correctly captured, and have helped us to keep in contact with you by helping to manage the office, deserve a special thanks. Kathy Hitchins, David Louw, Lyn McCallum, Peter Ross, Ruth Smart, and Chris Van Vuuren

Our staff, Val Charlton - coordinator, secretary and organizer par excellence, Lufthia Frieslaar and Ismail Ebrahim who joined us as "Starfish" keep the entire show on the road - very many thanks.

Very many thanks- we will see you in the hills

Tony & Pat Rebelo (editors)

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