Knolfontein Private Nature Reserve
Situated in the Swartruggens east of the Kouebokkeveld at over 1200m elevation. It forms the boundary of the fynbos biome merging into the succulent karoo biome to the east in the lowlands of the Tanqua Karoo. Ivor Jardine has produced a herbarium and botanical species list for over 900 species with over 27 new plant species discovered from the farm. It lies 60km NE of Ceres and immediately south of Kagga Kamma resort. It is 2200 ha in size.
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Unusual among South African plants in the name being derived from the vernacular Dutch, "baviaantjie", Afrikaans "bobbejaantjie" or its Cape corruption "babiaantjie". The baboon, bobbejaan, is partial to the corms.
For Werner de Lachenal (1736–1800), Swiss professor of botany and anatomy at the University of Basel from 1776, eminent for his knowledge of European plants. He obtained his PhD in 1763. He was a pupil of Haller, who was one of his main correspondents, providing him with details of flora and their location around Basel, the Jura mountains, Alsat and Bruntrutain. He was a friend of Linnaeus. He authored several monographs in Acta Helvetica. While at the university he substantially improved its botanical garden, the oldest in Switzerland, that had fallen into disrepair. He continually strived to obtain funds to reconstruct and develop the garden and to pay for its gardener. He opened the garden to the public to cover expenditures.
For Albertus Seba (1665–1736), Dutch pharmacist, zoologist and naturalist. In 1700, he opened an ‘apothecary shop’ in Amsterdam and collected exotic plants and animal products from sailors and ship surgeons from which he could make ‘medicines’. In 1716, he sold his first collection (as well as the Dutch botanist Frederik Ruysch’s collection) to the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, on his visit to the Netherlands. Seba immediately set about building an even larger collection. In 1734, he published his magnificently illustrated four-volume Thesaurus (1734, 1735), with 446 plates (2 volumes published posthumously), which displays marine animals, insects and reptiles. Linnaeus must have seen this collection when he visited Seba twice in 1735. Seba became a Fellow of Royal Society in 1728.