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Verloren Valei

Flowers of Verloren Valei Field Guide

Field Guide to the orchids and selected flowers of the Verloren Valei Nature Reserve

  

 

A Field guide to the wonderful floral diversity of the Verloren Valei Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga - A RAMSAR Wetland Site. Compiled by Gerrit van Ede whose intimate knowledge of Verloren Valei and its botanical treasures makes this a must have for all lovers of indigenous wild flowers.

  

  • 180 Plants, including 66 orchids comprehensively described with fine colour photographs of each
  • Pages colour coded for easy identification 
  • Order now to ensure that you secure one of these Limited Edition copies
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PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS GUIDE WILL GO TO FRIENDS OF VERLOREN VALEI TO DEVELOP THE RESERVE

   

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for supporting friends of Verloren Valei

 

 

Verloren Valei Nature Reserve

Verloren Valei is a closed nature reserve situated on the Steenkampsberg Plateau near Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The two farms, Verloren Valei and Wanhoop, were bought with the help of the WWF and the Rupert Family and the 6055 ha reserve was proclaimed in 1983. In 2003 the Verloren Valei wetland system of approximately 850 ha of wetland was declared a Ramsar* site. The Ramsar site boundaries correspond with the boundaries of the reserve.

For South Africa this is a high altitude reserve with the lowest point at about 2050m above sea-level and the highest point at 2214m. The reserve falls in the summer rainfall climate region of South Africa and consists mainly of montane grassland. Montane grassland is considered as one of the most threatened biotopes in South Africa. These grasslands are rich in plant and animal species, with many of these species being endemic.

Friends of Verloren Valei Non-Profit Organisation 162-813 NPO
WESSA Affiliation No. MB 1241427

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A Biodiversity Hotspot among Trout Dams?

Friends of Verloren Valei

The Friends group was founded in 2014 under the auspices of the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) for the conservation and promotion of the provincial Verloren Valei Nature Reserve and protection of an important Ramsar wetland site within. Over 30 connected wetlands feeding the Crocodile and Olifants river systems constitute this vital fresh water resource. Friends of Verloren Valei is active in supporting the reserve management. A number of initiatives have been launched including the publication of a field guide to the 66 orchids species and other significant flowering plants on the reserve.

There are 17 red data bird species on the reserve of which 7 are wetland species. The Friends of Verloren Valei provides practical support to a monitoring programme for Francolin bird populations on the Reserve. There are seven red data mammal species on the reserve. Sizeable herds of Blesbok and plentiful Grey Rhebok are important sources of revenue for the reserve. Members joining Friends of Verloren Valei will find much to do in support of the reserve and much to enjoy.

Friends of Verloren Valei Non-Profit Organisation 162-813 NPO
WESSA Affiliation No. MB 1241427
 

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