Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and adjacent lowlands and farmland
This area has the highest plant diversity in both the Cape Floristic Region and the of any mediterranean flora in the world. The boundaries are here considered as the Cape Flats and False Bay to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, to the Bot River to the east, and the N2 road to the north.
From the Latin asper = 'rough'
Named in honour of T. P. Stokoe (1868-1959), one of the most famous Mountain Club of South Africa members. A comprehensive eponymous biography is written by Peter Slingsby.
From the Latin ‘gladiata’ / ‘gladiatus’ meaning ‘sword-like’
For Alexander Brown (f 1692–1698), a naval surgeon and plant collector who worked for the East India Company around 1690 and collected in India, the Cape, Spain and Arabia, etc. sending specimens to Plukenet (1641–1706), an English botanist, royal professor of botany and gardener to Queen Mary; James Petiver (c 1665–1718) a London apothecary; Jacob Bobart (c 1665–1718) in Oxford and to Charles du Bois (1656–1740), an English merchant and botanist, treasurer of the East India Company. He amassed a vast herbarium of East Indian plants. No further details are known.
For George Clifford (1685–1760), Dutch merchant and banker, amateur botanist and zoologist. He was a director of the Dutch East India Company and owned a magnificent garden at Hartecamp, Netherlands, as well as a private zoo in Amsterdam. George Clifford is best known as a patron of the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, whom he employed as ‘hortulanus’ and who catalogued the family’s unique collection of plants, herbarium and library. The result was Linnaeus’s 530-page book Hortus Cliffortianus (1738), his first important work, in which he described many species from Clifford’s garden. The publication was paid for by George Clifford as a private edition.