Richtersveld National Park

Richtersveld National Park - Southern Africa : Do document the biodiversity of the Richtersveld National Park The Richtersveld lies in the Succulent Karoo Biome of the Greater Cape Flora. There are few desert floras that can boast in 1 km2 some 360 plant species with an average rainfall of only 68

Do document the biodiversity of the Richtersveld National Park

The Richtersveld lies in the Succulent Karoo Biome of the Greater Cape Flora.
There are few desert floras that can boast in 1 km2 some 360 plant species with an average rainfall of only 68 mm per year.
About 50 (out of 160 genera) of Mesembryanthemoidea (Vygies) occur here.
About 30% of the total flora is endemic to the park.

There are four main landscape units:
* the Orange River and adjacent floodplains;
* gentle undulating plains (distributed in the summer/all year round rainfall area);
* rolling hills; and
* rugged mountains.

Two trees are particularly associated with the Richtersveld
* Bastard Quiver Tree (Aloe pillansii)
* Halfmens (Pachypodium namaquanum) revered by the Namas as the embodiment of their ancestors, half human, half plant, mourning for their ancient Namibian home.

12 Jan 2015
Tony Rebelo