Cape Fig #1
Broom-cluster figs are orange-red and soft when ripe, feeding game insects and even humans — a real biodiversity champion. This individual is at the edge of a narrow track cut by intrepid mountain bikers (they’ve called it the Sneak Track). It has two Forest cabbage trees as nearby neighbours, and a host of bugweed and gingers. It has a way to go before it could be called a giant, but it stands in an important position, stabilising the bank and shading out invaders. Small Cape figs have sprouted up in the pilot project area, but we haven’t seen many larger specimens to date.
Between Corridor 2 and Corridor 3, which are areas of indigenous forest that stretch through the plantations to the core part of Ferncliffe Nature Reserve.