Hazel Taylor – Plants and Animals of the Western Cape – Part 1

Time: Tuesday 6 June 2023 at 7.30pm (BST)

Dr. Hazel Taylor

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Dr. Hazel Taylor received her first cactus at the age of eight and has been a member of the BCSS and its predecessor for over 50 years. At university she studied natural sciences, specialising in biochemistry, and then completed a PhD in bacterial genetics.

In this talk, Hazel takes us on a tour of south-west Africa beginning at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. During the tour we are presented with a plethora of fascinating plants represented by the Moraea, Crassula, Argyroderma and Aloe species, to name but a few. In addition to plants, we see other forms of life ranging from grasshoppers to reptiles and penguins. Our tour continues as far north as Nieuwoudtville and the Hantam Botanical Garden.

Foam grasshopper <i>Dictyophorus spumans</i>
Foam grasshopper Dictyophorus spumans
<i>Crassula fasciculata</i> Dr. Hazel Taylor
Crassula fasciculata
<i>Aloe (Aloidendron) dichotoma</i> in the Kokerboom forest Dr. Hazel Taylor
Aloe (Aloidendron) dichotoma in the Kokerboom forest
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