A rare orchid, which was last seen in the Western Cape in 1966, has been rediscovered in Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Wednesday, 9 March.
According to the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery , the exquisite plant was discovered by Fran Joubert, who informed Liz Hutton of The Hermanus Botanical Society of the discovery.
Hutton, suspected the flower to be the rare orchid specie, then contacted orchid expert and co-author of the book 'The Cape Orchids', Bill Liltved, who "could not get into his car quick enough to come out to Fernkloof to photograph it".
Liltved immediately identified the flower as a Disa forficaria, a species which was last seen in the Western Cape in 1966. He described the experience as "the highlight of [his] botanical career".
According to Lee Burman of the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery, the flower has only ever been seen about half dozen times, and is a very, very rare sight.