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Colorful Initiation. Cape Figwort, Phygelius capensis, Jochumhof, Steyl, Limburg, The Netherlands

Early in 1833, Johann Frantz Drège (1794-1881), German jack-of-all-trades but primarily an intrepid naturalist and plant collector in South Africa, found this beautiful Cape Figwort between the Kraai River and Riet Vallei Farm in the shadow of the Witteberg, just south of what today is Lesotho. Along with many other specimens he sent it to his friend Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer (1791-1858), botanist at Königsberg in Prussia, who described it in 1835 and fashioned the name ‘Phygelius’, apparently from the Greek φυγή (flight or hiding), in order to bait botanical colleagues who had neglected that plant, ‘hidden’ from them – if we are to believe George Bentham. Bentham (1800-1884) used Meyer’s manuscript for his description in the Companion to the Botanical Magazine of 1836.
In Sesotho, the local language, Phygelius is known as Mafifi-matso or Metsi-matso, something like 'root of darkness' or 'black water'. It has anaesthetic and soporific properties which come in useful during the painful initiation rites performed on boys to make them into virile men.




Moses Mabhida stadium

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The catchment area of the Katse Dam in Lesotho, which flows into South Africa. Credit: Campbell Easton/IPS

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The catchment area of the Katse Dam in Lesotho, which flows into South Africa. Credit: Campbell Easton/IPS




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Pano sanipass

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