Overberg bulb makes international waves
A rare bulb (Hesperantha species) recently discovered in the Overberg is making international headlines. The naming of the bulb is up for auction, with the proceeds of the sale of the name to go to the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust, a partner of the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI).
Details of the auction have just appeared in the New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/08/what-do-you-call-an-iris-with.html).
The article invites potential bidders to come up with names for the flower.
Online bids are already being made. Details can be seen at www.irisauction.com. The final bidding will take place at an event organised by Fauna & Flora International in the United Kingdom on 31 October.
The Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust was established earlier this year in order to conserve threatened and neglected lowland habitats in the Overberg region. The current focus is on renosterveld conservation. For more information, visit www.overbergrenosterveld.org.za.