The Fire in Pearly Beach

The Fire in Pearly Beach

Pearly Beach Conservancy

The devastating fires that have swept through Pearly Beach last month has again put the focus on the real danger of having alien plants in your garden, as the fires spread very quickly through thick Rooikrans vegetation. Many exotic plants are attractive, but present a huge danger to our indigenous plants as they are invasive and destroy our lovely vegetation. Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops) is a Category 2 plant invader, which means that these are plants with the proven potential of becoming invasive, but which nevertheless have certain beneficial properties that warrant their continued presence in certain circumstances. Category 3 plant invaders are undesirable because they have the proven potential of becoming invasive, but most of them are nevertheless popular ornamentals or shade trees that will take a long time to replace. Category 3 plants will not be allowed to occur anywhere unless they were already in existence when these regulations came into effect. The Manatoka (Myoporum tenuifolium subsp. montanum, also sometimes called M. acuminatum) is a declared Category 3 plant.

When buying plants at local nurseries, be sure to ask for plants that are indigenous to this area. Small plants should be protected from windblown sand which will damage young stems. Protection may be provided by shade cloth, or better, by planting amongst existing plants.

The following list of indigenous trees for this area, was prepared by Ernst van Jaarsveld:

Kusvaalbos   (Brachylaena discolor),  
Kanferbos (Tarchonanthus camphoratus), 

Melkhout (Sideroxylon inerme),

Kusrooimelkhout (Mimusops caffra),
Kusghwarrie (Euclea racemosa),
Duinevalstaaibos (Allophyllus natalensis),

Duinekraalbessie (Rhus crenata),
Duinebruidbos (Pavetta revolute),
Aasvoëlbessie (Maurocenia frangularia) en

Veldvy (Ficus burtt-davyi).


Kus-hardeblaar (Robsonodendron maritimum), 

Duinekokoboom (Maytenus procumbens), 

Kaapse kokobos (Maytenus lucidus),
Septemberbossie of Bloukappie (Polygala myrtifolia), 

Bietou (Chrysanthemoides monilifera); and 

Vaalbietou (Chrysanthemoides incana).


- Learn how to identify and control invasive alien plants

- Join or form hacking teams to remove such plants from your area

- Remove invasive plants when they are still small

- Plant indigenous (local) plants in your garden

- Buy only indigenous plants from nurseries

- Tell people about the dangers of invasive alien vegetation.

The Fire in Pearly Beach

Pearly Beach Conservancy

We see Pearly Beach as a CONSERVATION COMMUNITY reinforced by a CONSERVANCY to which every property owner is invited to belong.

View Profile

What is Xplorio?

Xplorio is your local connection allowing you to find anything and everything about a town.

Watch the Gansbaai Video
Read More

Other Articles

Stargazing Evening (10 February 2018)

Stargazing Evening (10 February 2018)

Join us for an evening under the stars in Pearly Beach.......

Fixed Term Contracts - Playing with Fire

Fixed Term Contracts - Playing with Fire

Fixed term contracts are often greatly misunderstood and employers should be cautious when using this form of contract for anything else than it's intended purpose.

Labour Direct
Feedback stargazing evening (13/01/2018)

Feedback stargazing evening (13/01/2018)

The small amount of cloud as the Sun disappeared below the western horizon did not put a damper on the Club's first stargazing...

Blog Update - 11 January 2018

Blog Update - 11 January 2018

Another early launch for Slashfin and as we headed out to sea, excited for what the day may bring...

January colour is brown - #GansbaaiInColour

January colour is brown - #GansbaaiInColour

With a new month and year comes a exciting new colour for our Instagram competition - Brown.

See All Articles