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 volubilis = ‘twisting’ or 'winding'; generally referring to a creeper
From Latin cilium an 'eyelid', referring to short hairs that resemble eyelashes.
From the Cape Province of South Africa, previously known as the Cape Colony. -ensis is a Latin adjectival suffix meaning “pertaining to or “originating in,” Thus these organisms were first discovered in the Cape. In the early days of exploration this epithet was frequently applied to anywhere in South Africa or even Southern Africa
Gk. ereike = to break. The name used for a heath by Theophrastus (372–287 BCE) and Pliny the Elder. The stems are brittle and break easily (Lindsay); or possibly but less likely because of the ability of the plant to break up bladder stones (Paxton’s Botanical Dictionary).
From the Latin ampullaceus = flask-shaped, referring to the shape of the flower
From the Latin articulatus meaning ‘with joints’