mixed media painting 410 x 305 mm by Zimbabwean born artist Val Myburgh now living in Stanford, western Cape, South Africa
Shown in this watercolour and pencil painting is a pincushion protea and bud, a western leopard toad, a Cape porcupine (Hystrix-africaeaustralis), kolkol and conebush.
Of the world’s six floral kingdoms, fynbos is the smallest and richest per square area. Kolkol is a type of fynbos (naturally occurring vegetation) and is abundant on this farm. This fine-leafed re-seeding shrub reaches a height of 2 meters and has short-stalked, soft-textured threadlike leaves on soft, drooping branches. The round, cream coloured flowers are grouped into heads 5mm across with characteristic red tissue at the base of the stalks.
Conebush is a base plant, providing structure; highlighting surrounding plants, and showcasing a little bit of its own special traits. In the garden and as a cut flower, conebush stands out as a favourite. A South African native and member of the family Proteaceae, conebush offers dramatic foliage colour all year. Vivid shades of green, gold, red, pink and orange punctuate the garden throughout the year, adding extra cheer in autumn and winter.
The beautiful western leopard toad is endemic to the coastal lowlands of the south-western Cape, with a distribution range that extends from the Cape Peninsula to the Agulhas Plain. It is a species threatened by general development and habitat degradation. The western leopard toad is monitored by CapeNature and protected by the Nature Conservation Ordinance of the Western Cape Province. It is illegal to collect and trans-locate this species.