Plant safaris- the mystery and magic of the plant kingdom – Rising Sun Overport

The magic of the plant kingdom bursts into full technicolour life with the start of an all-new 824-minute South African series- Leon Kluge Plant Safaris on PPLWX- Peoples Weather (DStv- channel 180) and Openview (DStv channel 115), from Monday, March 1 at 6pm.

With the passion of an investigative detective determined to gather all the clues and answers, Leon Kluge, an award-winning landscape artist, designer and plant-lover, takes viewers into the mysterious world of some uniquely South African plant species and the unbelievably clever tricks they have devised over the years, to survive.

In this first eight-part series, the worlds smallest but richest floral biome, fynbos, is exquisitely and meticulously explored by Kluge.

Our safari team goes in search for the most interesting plants in these various fynbos landscapes. As experienced horticulturists and botanists, we are constantly surprised at what we discover. There is always something fascinating and new each time we foray into these ancient landscapes, and there is no doubt that we reveal some mind-boggling plants in every episode. We also look into the various intriguing relationships these plants have with animals and humans, and the interesting folklore attached to certain species, explained Kluge.

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Highlighting the unique gift that fynbos has given the world, Kluge opens viewers eyes to the fynbos in and around the forests, wetlands, mountains, waterfalls, rocks, beaches and deserts. Expect to learn so much more about the beautiful and highly unusual flowers and plants citizens often take for granted. Pretty and ugly, tiny and huge, colourful and dull, simply ordinary and just plain weird. Meet a rare plant that farms insects and the plant that provides us with the key ingredient for the Capes famous waterblommetjie bredie.

Meet plants that are pollinated by rodents at night, learn why the globally famous Pin-cushion Protea is a vital link in the Cape wildlife ecosystem and discover much, much more in this fascinating show.

Stephan Le Roux, CEO of Peoples Weather, said, We love Leons charm in this series, his unbridled enthusiasm and knowledge of plants draws us in leaving us eager to know more. Sometimes in our pursuit for the big game and adrenaline-filled adventures, we miss what underpins our entire eco-system- the plants. So, we are delighted to be able to bring a little bit of Leons contagious plant passion straight into your lounge as he makes this wonderful world come alive.

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