Two observations which you may find interesting (beaing in mind that my identifications are based on the info I’ve provided).
They look like two different species - but the season makes all the difference.
Not the same plant, but they are quite plentiful in the area.
Flowering in September 2011
In November the leaves have dropped off and the flowers are over.
I’ve added quite a poor picture, here - but one that shows shells (land and sea) in the sand - this spot is one that probably gets flooded at very high tides and winter storms.
Wonder if you’ll agree with my concluded ID.
“E. mauritanica may cause a fatal nervous disorder in sheep, characterized by muscle tremors, foaming at the mouth, bloating, diarrhoea and fever………gardeners like it for being colourful and drought resistant.”
Well I guess it keeps sheep out of the garden too.
Sheep farming in the Karoo @JoC - https://karoospace.co.za/jackals-sheep-farmers-biodiversity-karoo/
In the Langebaan lagoon area I don’t think they ever farmed sheep - they grazed cattle on the marshes before the Parks Board took over the management of the land.
We saw signs (footprints) of jackal/bat-eared fox (not quite sure which) on the beach at Kraal Baai some mornings (we spent some holiday time on a yacht there - pre Parks takeover).
We thought the predators came after the birds at night.
The Rooi-kat got all the chickens at Stofbergsfontein. So sad when the cockerel was taken - we loved hearing his early morning call - couldn’t find a picture but this shows where he was housed at night,
Another fascinating reflection on how to to farm successfully…using natural, if unexpected, approaches seems to have been effective. The use of one carnivore faeces to deter another conifer… and buying in bulk & keeping the faeces seems so sensible; I guess they bought a special freezer for them.
Farmers I knew generally had any number of freezers and walk in fridges.
Wondering if you know of redbait here. It has a terrible smell and the fishing-friends I knew always had a special deepfreeze for it.