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Thamnochortus insignis - Botanical illustration

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Nature Journal
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South African Grasses – Thamnochortus insignis male plant
Afrikaans : Dekriet
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When you see a field of Restios ((Thamnochortus insignis, a restio species originating from the South-western Cape, also called Cape Reed Grass), the first impression is one of sombreness. But as the breeze moves, the Restio plant’s colours flash through the blades – khaki, terracotta, chocolate. and their arching, tufted growth habit captivates gardeners world-wide.

This species is very common in the Western Cape mountains (South Africa), but it grows equally well in my garden here in Tarlton, South Africa. Mine are well over the 50cm specified as their growing height. They also make the most gorgeous bunches of dried grasses. I hang mine from the rafters in my potting shed and alternate them as dried flower displays in my house.

The Restionaceae is a plant family from the southern hemisphere that is closely allied to grasses and sedges.


8th October 2010 – FEATURED in “Journal Junkies”
8th October 2010 – FEATURED in “RedBubble Boomers”
20th February 2011 – FEATURED in “Alphabet Soup – the letter G”
28th November 2015 – FEATURED in “The Art of Watercolour”
26th October 2016 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
6th February 2017 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
18th February 2017 – FEATURED in “Indigenous to East and Southern Africa”
23rd February 2017 – FEATURED in “Peace, Love & Tranquility”

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