KnersvlakteThe Knersvlakte is home to a third of the world’s dwarf succulents. It also has one of the largest concentrations of endangered plant species in the world. Namaqualand has some 35 different lichens and possibly even more, with more than half being endemic to the region.
The Knersvlakte is one of the richest and most diverse succulent regions in the world. Its miniature succulents come in all shapes and sizes, and are known colloquially by names like baba-boudjies, krapogies and vingers-en-duimpies.
Don’t overlook the soil lichen! These delicate fungal and algae structures function as a single plant and are easily missed in a landscape of towering mountains and vast plains. But here too, the southern Namaqualand has a unique heritage. Soil lichens form a delicate layer of plant material on the soil’s surface and help to protect the soil from wind and water erosion.
Read more about the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve here.
Click here to read about the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve as a biodiversity hotspot.
Read more about the Cederberg Wilderness area here.