Dave van Beuningen wins Conservation category in Exposure Environmental Photography competition
Dave's photograph of the Veld Fan was taken in the Karoo. The Veld Fan (Boophone disticha) has a deadly secret. The bulb of this plant contains neurotoxins and can cause death if consumed. The San Bushmen even coated the tips of their hunting arrows with extract from the bulb. It is assessed as Declining by the Red List of South African Plants, as wild plants are harvested and sold in large quantities at traditional medicine markets, which is causing the the wild population to decrease.