Identifying Fynbos : An introduction

Identifying Fynbos : An introduction

Identifying fynbos is not easy but it is fun especially with other like minded people. It also gives you an excellent excuse to stop and look when you are on the mountain.

Next course:

Monday 3 to Friday 7 October 2016.Please book here  or contact Wendy on


enthusiasm, patience, love of fynbos, sense of humour, Manning Fynbos book would be useful
John Mannings Fynbos Book
John Mannings Fynbos Book












R2800 (includes notes, dissecting tools, prescribed book, teas and light lunch)

Venue :

Ecolounge, 7 Lysander Way Meadowridge (my home)up to 8-10 participants
(Gold Fields Centre Kirstenbosch if there are more than 10 participants)


Shaun looking closely








Outcomes: At the end of this course you will be able to

• Observe, dissect and draw fynbos flower and plant structures
• Know how and where to find correct names of fynbos plants
• Identify and record important floral characteristics systematically
• Use a key to identify a plant
• Start using botanical terminology
• Identify at least six fynbos families

Checking the plants with hand lenses
Checking the plants with hand lenses








Structure and content of course

This workshop is practically orientated and participants have their own flowering plant material to dissect, draw, and record information. A range of different fynbos families are investigated, depending on what plants are flowering at the time. Explanation of the key features will be illustrated with a dissecting microscope and data projector but other dissecting microscopes will be available for participants to use as well. Keys for families and genera in the Levyn’s Guide to the Plant Genera of the SW Cape (prescribed text book) will be used to key out plants to family and genus level. Participants are introduced to the basic terminology and the framework used to classify plants and should be able to use plant guides and other botanical texts with more confidence. Throughout the course participants are encouraged to ask questions, to use existing knowledge and to feel comfortable with using new terminology.
Depending on the weather, time will be spent on trips into the garden to practice what has been learnt.


Comments from other participants

Kirstenbosch Course July 2016

  • I can’t wait until sping when I will be testing my new skills at plant ID. Rina Cronwright, July 2016
  • I feel energised and enthusiastic after 5 days drawing and looking at fynbos plants. Marie Verster,July 2016
  • I feel like ‘Alice through the looking glass!”. Whole new world of observation, inquisitiveness and inspiration. Logical deduction and observation is the level to start. Jenny Parsons,July 2016
  • I feel exhilerated! I look forward to exploring in the future. I feel as though I have enough ‘tools’under my belt to forward. Tessa Nathan,July 2016
fynbos ID course July 2016
fynbos ID course July 2016







Course for Biodiversity staff of City of Cape Town in Green Point June 2016


  • I feel so super excited to go and try my new skills from what I have learned in the reserve that I am am based in.Melvin Booysen, June 2016
  • I feel like a I know more ways to ID different plant structures and characteristics. I also feel like I might be able to ID a plant in the field Tammy-Lee Appolis, June 2016
  • I struggled with drawing the plants but eventually I got better at it. I feel that it is a good way to familiarise myself with the specific plant. I LOVE PLANTS !! Rhonwen Kayster, June 2016
Advanced fynbos identification course participants
Advanced fynbos identification course participants