Hyobanche species occur in a variety of habitats, including coastal dunes, fynbos, renosterveld, karoo, montane, alpine, and grasslands. For the 2013 field season my efforts were primarily in coastal dunes, fynbos, renosterveld, and montane habitats.

Fynbos habitat

Fynbos habitat

If you’re hiking through fynbos, you have plenty of time to search around the base of shrubs. If you’re driving, you’re trying to get a glimpse of bright red or pink.

Can you see the Hyobanche in the picture below?

Fynbos habitat - Cape Peninsula

Fynbos habitat – Cape Peninsula

This is my search image for open habitats.

Hyobanche sanguinea in open fynbos habitat

Hyobanche sanguinea in open fynbos habitat

Once spotted, a thorough search usually reveals many individuals scattered across a broad swatch of habitat.

Hyobanche sanguinea at Cape Point

Hyobanche sanguinea at Cape Point – such a pretty species!

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