Re-introducing seed grown Raspalia with Tony Abbot.
Indigiflora is managed and owned by Simon and Aurdrey Woodley who are passionate about indigenous flora.
The business was established in 1991 in partnership with Robin and Jeremy Aldaus. Jeremy is a qualified horticulturist and was involved in landscaping at the time and constantly battled to source indigenous trees and plants, and so the idea of establishing an indigenous tree and plant nursery was born.
Simon, an electrician by trade, was for many years an honorary officer of the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve and assisted with building many of the trails that exist in the reserve today. During this period Simon was taken under the wing of the legendary amateur botanist, Tony Abbott, who was responsible for discovering dozens of new Pondoland endemics. Through his guidance Simon’s passion grew for indigenous trees and plants, especially Pondoland flora, with the result that numerous GPS mapping excursions were conducted deep into rural Pondoland.
On one excursion in April 2004 Simon was involved in locating the only known breeding colony of Raspalia Trigyna. This species of flora is considered a paleoendemic, and was teetering on the brink of extinction. Seedlings are currently being cultivated in the nursery and the plants are being re-introduced into the Pondoland colony.