Erica Verticillata Flowering in our Biodiversity Garden
In 2018 Pinelands High School created a Biodiversity Garden. One of the areas of the garden is the 'Garden of Extinction', showcasing locally indigenous plants on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Erica verticillata is a species of Erica that was naturally restricted to the city of Cape Town but is now classified as Extinct in the Wild. Here you can see a plant of this beautiful species that we planted last year in our garden of extinction finally starting to flower after a long dry summer (its flowering period is usually from January to March). If you would like to read more about this beautiful species, you can go to this link: http://pza.sanbi.org/
An ongoing aspect of the Life Sciences curriculum is to study the human impact on biodiversity and the natural environment. The Garden of Extinction is a tangible way to illustrate the effect we have on biodiversity. The Biodiversity Garden was made possible through the generous support of the Rowland and Leta Hill Trust.