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The Clanwilliam Cedar

Committed to this special project

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, together with the Botanical Society and Western Cape Nature Conservation, has given its commitment to support the Clanwilliam Cedar Tree Project.

Bushmans Kloof grows saplings in its nursery and hosts an annual tree and seed planting ceremony in an effort to reintroduce this highly endangered tree into its natural habitat, and specifically around Bushmans Kloof.

The Cederberg mountains are named after the Clanwilliam Cedars (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) that were once abundant on the upper slopes, and are now faced with possible extinction. The number of trees has declined dramatically over the past two centuries, partly due to unsustainable exploitation, and partly due to an increase in fire frequency.

The Clanwilliam Cedar is listed as endangered on the Red Data List, and has been short-listed onto a global list of 43 conifer species that are worthy of special conservation attention.

The Bushmans Kloof Special Collection

Bushmans Kloof has selected the following plants that occur naturally on the Reserve, as part of its very own Special Collection:

  • Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)
  • Taylor’s Thatching Reed (Cannamois taylori)
  • Khakibutton (Crassula columnaris)
  • Clanwilliam Daisy (Euryops speciossimus)
  • Paintbrush Lily (Haemanthus coccineus)
  • Fragrant Evening Flower (Hesperantha cucullata)
  • Rocket Pincushion (Leucospermum reflexum)
  • Magenta Pelargonium (Pelargonium magenteum)
  • Breede River Yellowwood (Podocarpus elongates)
  • Clanwilliam Cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis)