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Driving around Cape Town at the moment one will notice that the mountain has turned a shade of yellow. The Tick Berry (Chrysanthemoides monilifera)  is responsible for this.

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The specific name ‘monilifera‘ means ‘bearing a necklace‘ and pertains to the shiny, fleshy fruit arranged on the margins of the daisy flowers, like a necklace.

Common names: Bietou, tick berry, bosluisbessie, weskusbietou.

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Its semi-succulent nature makes it drought tolerant. The Afrikaans vernacular name bietou is derived from the original Khoi name. Although it may flower throughout the year, its main flowering time is during late autumn and winter. It is pollinated by insects and bees find it particularly attractive. The fleshy fruits, appearing shortly after the flowers, are very popular among frugatory birds .

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The plant has become a major environmental weed and invasive species in Australia and New Zealand.