the vanguard of a severe invasion playing out on the slopes below, where they are so thick you cannot see any fynbos! major long term loss of biodiversity will be the consequence, as this area is packed with endemics. this invasion, like many, has been building up for decades and is completely unmanaged. bring on the pine bark beetles I say!
scattered 8m tall adults throwing lots of seed and youngsters coming up all around - as usual nobody (ie: "management") has bothered to clear these isolated pioneers in the 15yrs they have been there and the problem is growing....veld about 8yrs old here
Growing on a rock at a steep slope (Platteklip gorge), so no way to analyse leaf-bundlets. Found many obss of P. pinaster and the cone would support that guess. But: alien pines are many specs from US in EU, I don't know how that is in the Cape Provinces.
Looking south from Doringrivier into Waboomskraal. This beautiful valley is infested with aliens, including Pines, Wattle, and Hakea. There are some attempts to address the problem, but they are hopelessly inadequate.