Farm 215 is a private nature reserve run by Maarten Groos. It has over 800 plant species including over 50 rare and threatened plant species. Besides leopards that are recorded by their multiple camera traps, many animals including over 300 bird species have been documented.
A number of programmes in aid of conservation are testament to their ethos, including alien eradication and tree planting programmes. Farm 215 is the first reforestation site of the Trees For Tourism Programme of the South African Reforestation Trust with over 15 000 trees planted as of 2018. Farm 215 is also a conservation servitude by Fauna and Flora Internatiional. Their first step was to rehabilitate Elim Ferricrete Fynbos which is a critically endangered habitat.
Their accommodation facilities includes beautiful accommodation surrounded by fynbos for up to 14 people with a restaurant open between August and May. Find out more at https://farm215.co.za/
From the Latin parvus = ‘small’ and flora = ‘flower’.
From the Latin ‘decumbens’ / ‘decumbens’ meaning ‘lying down’
For Georg Göran Wahlenberg (1780–1851), Swedish naturalist, geographer and doctor, who became a demonstrator in botany (1815–1828) and professor of botany at the University of Uppsala (1828–1851), succeeding Carl Peter Thunberg. Wahlenberg made his main work in the field of plant geography, and published, among other things the Flora Lapponica (1812), a considerably extended version of the work of his compatriot Linnaeus, who wrote a publication of the same name (1737). His other works were based on his trips to Norway, Finland and the plant world of northernmost Sweden. Wahlenberg was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1808.
For William Watson (1715–1787), English physician, apothecary, botanist and naturalist. He introduced the work of Linnaeus and his botanical classification system to Britain. He was the first scientist to observe the flash of light from the discharge of a Leyden jar and to show that electricity could pass through a vacuum and that it had a positive and negative charge; he coined the word ‘circuit’. His articles, entitled Experiments on the Nature of Electricity, appeared from 1745 onward in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, of which he became a member (1741) and vice president (1772). Both he and Benjamin Franklin discovered some of the same characteristics of electricity at the same time, but independently. The two men became friends.
Resembling the genus Borbonia (Fabaceae)
From the Dutch ‘meriana’ / ‘Merian’ meaning ‘commemorating a Dutch floral artist’