From the middle of July to the end of November, groups of Leucospermum cordifolium shrubs provide vivid splashes of orange and red in the Fynbos section of Kistenbosch. Leucospermum cordifolium belongs to the Protea family and is indigenous to South Africa. It grows in acid, nutrient poor soils in a fairly small area in the South Western Cape. An added attraction during flowering time are the numerous birds found near the plants. In the early hours of the morning the abundant nectar flow attracts a variety of small insects, which in turn attract the Cape Sugar bird. These birds consume the small insects as well as the nectar, and in the process, transfer the pollen from one flower to the next. The birds are accustomed to the visitors in the Gardens and provide great photo opportunities when feeding on the flowers.
Kimberly at Red11 Models