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 Greek hypo = ‘under’, phyllos = ‘leaf’, konos = 'cone', karpos = 'fruit' and dendron = a 'tree' or 'bush'; i.e. 'the tree with coned fruit' and 'the bush with low-lying leaves and fruit'
From the Latin splendere = ‘splendid’, 'gleaming', 'shiny', 'gleaming', glittering', 'radiant' or 'resplendent'
For Mathias de L’Obel (Lobel, Lobelius) (1538–1616), Flemish botanist, traveller, plant collector. He studied medicine in Leuven and Montpellier and practised medicine from 1571–1581 in Antwerp and Delft, where he was physician to William, Prince of Orange. In 1584 he left the Netherlands for England to escape the civil war and never returned. He became physician to King James I of England and also the king’s botanist. His major work, written in collaboration with Pierre Pena, was Stirpium Adversaria Nova (1571), which describes some 1 500 species in the vicinity of Montpellier, also of Tyrol, Switzerland and the Netherlands. A second volume, Plantarum Historia Stirpium, was published in 1576 with more than 2 000 illustrations, and a further work, Icones Stirpium, seu, Plantarum Tam Exoticarum in 1591.
From the Latin comosus = 'having long or abundant hairs' or 'with a tuft', 'having many leaves' or 'being leafy'
From the Latin scabo meaning 'to scratch' meaning 'rough'
For Marie Philippe Mercier (1781–1831), French botanist, plant collector and traveller. Born on the island of Martinique, he worked briefly for the military and police before making lengthy trips to the United States, Mexico, West Indies, Brazil and Chile as a trader collecting plants that he sent to Augustin Pyramus de Candolle and Stephano Moricand in Geneva. In 1822 Mercier moved to Geneva, where he studied botany under the direction of De Candolle. He died before his Choix des Plantes Exotiques Rares ou Nouvelles was completed, although an extract was published by Nicolas Seringe in his bulletin. His large herbarium of some 300 000 items containing many neotropical plants was purchased by the British naturalist Philip Barker Webb.
Gk. mimetes = imitator, mimic. Possibly given this name because some of its features, like the toothed leaves, bear a close resemblance to other family members, like Leucospermum, better known as pincushion. The genus itself is distinctive.