The southern-most parts of the Drakensberg Mountains
extend into the central to northern areas of the Eastern
Cape Province. Most of the botanical exploration of
this region is concentrated along the main roads. Up until
1993, a mere 1 900 specimens were collected in the area
(Bester 1998). It is therefore not surprising that botanical
surveys of this area will lead to new distribution records.
A study with its primary aim to obtain a basic knowledge
on the vegetation of the Maclear-Elliot districts
was conducted in the early 1990s (Bester J 998). During
this study the area was properly surveyed and more
than 3 600 specimens collected.