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Leucospermum grandiflorum

Leucospermum grandiflorum opening flower head
Common names: grey-leaf fountain pincushion, rainbow pincushion (Eng.)
Family: Proteaceae

The rainbow pincushion makes for a fascinating floral display with flower buds opening bright yellow and slowly changing to flaming red....

20 / 09 / 2010 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Flowers of the Family Greyiacaea
Common names: wild bottlebrush family
Family: Greyiaceae

This family occurs only in South Africa, and consists of a single genus, Greyia Hook. & Harv. with 3 species, all small trees or shrubs. The...

20 / 09 / 2010 | F Nonyane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Erica curviflora

Erica curviflora var. curviflora
Common names: water heath (Eng.); waterbos, waterheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica curviflora var. curviflora is a spectacular and widespread species occurring throughout the fynbos region and as far-east as Grahamstown....

13 / 09 / 2010 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria lancifolia

Barleria lancifolia flower
Common names: No common name recorded.
Family: Acanthaceae

Barleria lancifolia is an ideal plant to cover the hot bare sunny patches in your garden....

13 / 09 / 2010 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Tabernaemontana elegans

Tabernaemontana elegans tree
Common names: toad tree (Eng.); laeveldse paddaboom (Afr.); umKhahlwana, umKhadlu (Zulu); muchanga (Shona)
Family: Apocynaceae

Tabernaemontana elegans is a beautiful bushveld tree that can be recognised by its large, glossy leaves, fragrant white flowers and large fruit borne...

06 / 09 / 2010 | M Cheek | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Begonia geranioides

Begonia geranioides drawing
Common names: geranium-leaved wild begonia (Eng.); wildebegonia (Afr.); iDlula ilimhlophe (IsiZulu)
Family: Begoniaceae


06 / 09 / 2010 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Sclerochiton harveyanus

Sclerochiton harveyanus foliage and flowers
Common names: blue lips (Eng.); blou-lippe (Afr.); mazabuka (Swati); isiThibothi (Xhosa)
Family: Acanthaceae

Unusually lipped, mauve-blue flowers create a pretty floral display on this shade-loving shrub with its attractive glossy green foliage....

30 / 08 / 2010 | Sarah Curtis | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Garuleum bipinnatum

Garuleum bipinnatum plant
Common names: gifhoutjie, slanghoutjie (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Garuleum bipinnatum flowers come in several colours and have bright yellow centres....

30 / 08 / 2010 | N Swelankomo | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Serruria rosea

Serruria rosea flower heads
Common names: rose spiderhead, bridesmaid spiderhead (Eng.); strooimeisie, bruidsbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Serruria rosea is one of the showiest spiderheads, producing a spectacular display of up to 20 rose-pink tightly clustered flower heads per stem....

23 / 08 / 2010 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Gardenia volkensii

Gardenia volkensii flowers
Common names: bushveld gardenia, Transvaal gardenia (Eng.); Transvaalkatjiepiering, bosveldkatjiepiering, kannetjieboom, stompdoring (Afr.); morala (Northern-Sotho,
Family: Rubiaceae

The bushveld gardenia is a small, relatively slow-growing tree, ideal as a focus plant in summer rainfall gardens or on patios....

23 / 08 / 2010 | Hester Steyn | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Protea angustata

Protea angustata
Common names: Kleinmond sugarbush
Family: Proteaceae

This is a protea you will be lucky to find when walking through the fynbos. Not only are there few plants, but they are also very cryptic. They are low-growing...

16 / 08 / 2010 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Mimetes fimbriifolius

Mimetes fimbriifolius
Common names: tree pagoda, cowl pagoda, fringed pagoda (Eng.); kreupelboom, maanhaarstompie (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Mimetes fimbriifolius is a beautiful rounded tree that was once common on Table Mountain, but its numbers have been greatly depleted by harvesting...

16 / 08 / 2010 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euclea crispa

Euclea crispa foliage © G. Nichols
Common names: blue guarri (Eng.); bloughwarrie (Afr.); iyeza-lokuxaxazisa, umgwali (isiXhosa), motlhaletsogane (Setswana); idungamuzi, umgwali (isiZulu), gwari (Ped
Family: Ebenaceae

The blue guarri is a nea, well-shaped tree ideally suited to smaller gardens....

09 / 08 / 2010 | N Stoll | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Bulbinella latifolia subsp. doleritica

Bulbinella latifolia subsp. doleritica.  Photo Bettina Koelle
Common names: rooikatstert
Family: Asphodelaceae

Bulbinella latifolia subsp. doleritica is a rare species from the Bokkeveld plateau and occurs in the vicinity of the internationally famous...

09 / 08 / 2010 | Ismail Ebrahim | CREW
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Serruria glomerata

Serruria glomerata shrub
Common names: cluster spiderhead (Eng.); spinnekopbossie (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Serruria glomerata is an attractive fynbos shrub that belongs in the Protea Family and occurs naturally only on the Cape Peninsula. Its compact rounded...

02 / 08 / 2010 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe maculata

Aloe maculata inflorescence
Common names: soap aloe (Eng.); bontaalwyn (Afr.); lekhala (S. Sesotho)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Although essentially a summer garden plant, it is indeed a garden plant for all seasons. There is always something of interest, even in mid winter (May-July)...

02 / 08 / 2010 | Stemmer Ngalo | Free State NBG
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Chascanum cernuum

Chascanum cernuum
Common names: None recorded
Family: Verbenaceae

Chascanum cernuum is a fine-leaved herbaceous perennial covered with whitish flowers for most of the year. It is well-suited to coastal gardens and light...

26 / 07 / 2010 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus verticillatus

Plectranthus verticillatus groundcover
Common names: gossip spurflower, money plant, (Eng.); skindersalie (Afr).
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus verticillatus is a perennial semi-succulent ground cover native to woodland and forest margins in southeast Africa. It has long been a popular...

26 / 07 / 2010 | S Khanyile | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Erica glauca var. glauca

Erica glauca var. glauca
Common names: cup-and-saucer heath (Eng.); kommetjiepieringheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

The flowers of Erica glauca var. glauca are spectacular and most unusual for the genus in both construction and colour. The bracts...

19 / 07 / 2010 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Macledium zeyheri

Macledium zeyher plants
Common names: skaapdissel, maagbitterwortel, maagbossie (Afr.); toy sugar bush, doll's protea (Eng.); mahlabane, somanheva (Swazi); umlunge, umqele (Xhosa); isihlab
Family: Asteraceae

The doll's protea is a strikingly attractive plant found in the grasslands of the eastern parts of South Africa, and used in traditional medicine.  ...

19 / 07 / 2010 | Marinda Koekemoer | Pretoria NBG
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