| Natural vegetation in the Jacobsbaai Area
The vegetation in Jacobsbaai is predominantly classified as Langebaan Dune Strandveld and Saldanha Limestone Strandveld (Mucina & Rutherford 2003), both of which vegetation types are regarded as threatened in terms of the South African National Biodiversity Assessment (NSBA; Rouget et al 2004).
To quote botanist Nick Helme:
“… very few areas on the West Coast can rival the Jacobsbaai areas for such a concentration of threatened plant species!”
One of the unique species found characteristically in the Jacobsbaai area is the sprawling Aloe distans, which is classified as “rare” by the Red Data Book and is only found in the Saldanha Peninsula.
The list of rare, endangered and vulnerable species encountered in the area goes on and on and as such it is an area of keen interest for botanists. Fortunately one does not have to be a botanist to enjoy and appreciate the eruption of flowers that occurs every Spring or to enjoy the ambience created by the rich natural surrounds. Due to the Jacobsbaai area being located in such a sensitive botanical area as described, great care is taken by us as developers to sensibly conserve significant areas. We believe that this adds great value to the properties we create and adds equal value to the quality of life possible within Jacobsbaai.
Source: Botanical Overview of erven 37 -38 and 48 – 55 Jacobsbaai, Vredenburg Peninsula (N Helme, 2 December 2005)
Rare and endangered plant species includes:
Moraea calcicola (Iridaceae: kalkuintjie classified
as endangered (RDB)
Felicia elongata (Asteraceae) a beautiful daisy,
recently classified as vulnerable