Thursday, 2 July 2009

Collecting Campanula spatulata

I was asked to collect some leaves of C. spatulata for a professor at the University of Florida. Steve Lenton kindly showed me where there were still some in flower on the Katharo and the dried leaves are now on their way. While we were there, we found several small pools of water left in the almost dry river bed. These pools were full of tadpoles, some of which had still not developed legs and seem doomed to die in the scorching heat. However, the whole area was alive with tiny toads or frogs (no idea which) and I managed to get this photo of one that had just left the water. It looks quite menacing as it is totally black and I would be very interested to know what species it is.

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