Mountain Mist Private Nature Reserve - Aurora
Perched at the top of the Kapteinskop mountain, the Mountain Mist Guest Nature Reserve has beautiful high altitude restioid fynbos with a diversity of Proteaceae and other plants. Home to the the rodent pollinated Erica pudens and the Vulnerable Piketberg endemic, Leucadendron discolor. There are several caves with unusual rock paintings, a bush pool to swim in, spectacular views and accomodation for up to 18 people in four separate units. www.mountainmist.co.zaThe field guide is available at http://bit.ly/2uEoDZj
Gk. nemesion, nemeseion from nemo = to distribute, to enjoy, to pasture, to feed; or nemos = wooded pasture, glade, a grove; name used by Dioscorides for a similar plant, referring to their habitat.
For Georg Christian Edler von Oldenburg Oeder (1728–1791), German botanist, physician and economist. He studied medicine at the University of Göttingen under Albrecht von Haller who, in 1751, persuaded King Frederick V of Denmark to appoint Oeder as professor botanices regius (royal professor). He developed a botanical garden and in 1753 he became the founding author of Flora Danica, a massive work initially designed to cover all plant species in the crown lands of the Danish King, which was only completed 153 years later. Oeder served on many commissions and was involved in agrarian and social reforms. In 1771 Oeder lost his professorship as a result of a financial crisis in Denmark and was given a lesser post as a bailiff in Oldenberg, then under Danish rule. Two years before his death he was ennobled by Joseph 11, Holy Roman Emperor of the Hapsburg lands (present-day Austria).
From the Greek oxys = sharp, sour or acid and (h)als = salt. The plant is frequently consumed for its sour taste caused by the oxalic acid, particularly the flowering stalks of O. pes-caprae. In large quantities the oxalic acid inhibits digestion and in stock leads to the condition 'dikpens' or bloated belly.