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Aloe brevifolia var brevifolia

Aloe brevifolia var. brevifolia
Common names: short-leaved aloe (Eng.); kleinaalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae


22 / 02 / 2010 | Vathiswa Zikishe | CREW
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Jamesbrittenia bergae

Jamesbrittenia bergae flowers
Common names: crimson phlox
Family: Scrophulariaceae

This fairly unknown unique, crimson-flowered, herbaceous perennial from the foxglove family rivals many pelargoniums for its intense luminous colour and...

22 / 02 / 2010 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Moraea ciliata

Moraea ciliata
Common names: growweuintjie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

Moraea ciliata is a stemless geophyte (a deciduous perennial with underground renewal buds) with 3or 4 narrow and channelled leaves. The flowers are white,...

15 / 02 / 2010 | Colleen Rust | Hantam NBG
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Liparia angustifolia

Liparia angustifolia flowers
Common names: none recorded
Family: Fabaceae

Liparia angustifolia is an elusive little fynbos shrub growing in the understorey of lowland fynbos vegetation. It is beautiful thanks to bright yellow...

15 / 02 / 2010 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euclea natalensis

Euclea natalensis tree
Common names: Natal guarri, Natal ebony, large-leaved guarri (Eng.); Natalghwarrie, berggwarrie, swartbasboom (Afr.); umTshekisani, umKhasa (Xhosa); iDungamuzi, iCh
Family: Ebenaceae

Euclea natalensis is an adaptable, easy-to-grow tree with a neat, dense, rounded crown of dark green foliage, decorative pale, gold-tinged new growth,...

08 / 02 / 2010 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Arctopus echinatus

A. echinatus female plant Photo A. Magee
Common names: flat-thorn (Eng.); platdoring, pokkiesdoring, sieketroos (Afr.)
Family: Apiaceae

Arctopus echinatus is an easily recognizable, flat-growing, spiny-leaved geophyte. It is an important South African medicinal plant with a long history...

08 / 02 / 2010 | Anthony R. Magee | Compton Herbarium
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Crassula rubricaulis

Crassula rubricaulis flowers
Common names: red-stem crassula (Eng.); rooistingelplakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

A lovely succulent perennial with attractive red-edged leaves and abundant white flowers in mid to late summer, perfect for rockeries, pots and water-wise...

01 / 02 / 2010 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Antithrixia flavicoma

Antithrixia flavicoma shrub
Common names: None known
Family: Asteraceae

Antithrixia flavicoma is a beautiful but little-known shrub. With its large yellow flower heads and silvery-grey leaves it is immediately noticeable...

01 / 02 / 2010 | Nicola Bergh | Compton Herbarium
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Trichodiadema pygmaeum

Trichodiadema pygmaeum succulent shrub
Common names: for the genus : kareemoer vygie, perdevygie, donkievygie, doringkroon vygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Trichodiadema pygmaeum is a lovely dwarf succulent shrub with pretty pink flowers and hairy leaves. It is suitable for growing in a rockery and since...

25 / 01 / 2010 | Olivia Tyambetyu | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Burkea africana

Burkea africana tree
Common names: wild seringa (Eng.); wildesering (Afr.); mpulu (Tsonga), monato (Tswana); monatô (Northern Sotho); mufhulu (Venda)
Family: Fabaceae

An attractive, medium-sized, flat-topped tree, difficult to grow and not yet produced on a commercial scale....

25 / 01 / 2010 | T.T. Masupa | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Erica baccans

Erica baccans shrub
Common names: berry heath (Eng.); bessieheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica baccans is a well-known, showy species that produces bright, cherry-pink splashes of colour on the middle to lower slopes of the Cape Peninsula....

18 / 01 / 2010 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Bridelia micrantha

Bridelia micrantha leaves and berries
Common names: mitseeri, bruin stinkhout (Afr.); motsere (Sotho); ndzerhe (Tswana)
Family: Phyllanthaceae

Beautiful, fast growing shade tree, usually with scattered bright red leaves....

18 / 01 / 2010 | Alec Naidoo | Pretoria NBG
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Pavetta cooperi

Pavetta cooperi in bloom
Common names: Christmas bush, pompon bride's bush (Eng.); pomponbruidsbos, kers(mis)bos (Afr.); luphehlwane (Siswati); is-Anywana (Zulu).
Family: Rubiaceae


11 / 01 / 2010 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Orbea lutea

Flowers and visiting fly
Common names: yellow carrion flower (Eng.); geelaasblom, ghaap, gwaap, aasblom, kopseerblom, slang-gwaap (Afr.).
Family: Apocynaceae


11 / 01 / 2010 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Gomphocarpus physocarpus fruits and foliage
Common names: balloon milkweed, balloon wild cotton, hairy balls, bindweed (Eng.); balmelkbossie, balbossie, wilde kapok (Afr.); umbababa, umbemiso, umangwazane, um
Family: Apocynaceae

Gomphocarpus physocarpus has striking yellowish, ball-like fruits and is an excellent butterfly plant, but it is poisonous if ingested; so keep it...

04 / 01 / 2010 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Schrebera alata

Schrebera alata flowers
Common names: wild jasmine, wing-leafed wooden pear, (Eng.); wildejasmyn, houtpeer (Afr.); mulungwi (Venda); umGwenye-hlangula (Xhosa); umGwenya-hlungulu, umSishane
Family: Oleaceae

Wild jasmine anoints your garden with a pleasant, sweet-scented fragrance and glorifies it with white to dark pinkish red flowers during the summer season....

04 / 01 / 2010 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Bowkeria verticillata

Bowkeria vercillata foliage
Common names: Southern Shell-flower, Natal Shell-flower Bush (Eng.); Suidelike Skulpblombos, Natalse Skulpblombos (Afr.); umBaba, isiPhambathi (Zulu); isiDuli, iGqa
Family: Stilbaceae

A decorative shrub that can be used to landscape your garden, with softy quilted leaves and pure white, scented flowers....

27 / 12 / 2009 | Lufuno Konanani | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Pelargonium papilionaceum

Pelargonium papilionaceum shrub
Common names: butterfly pelargonium (Eng.); rambossie (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

A pelargonium worth growing in shady places in your garden....

27 / 12 / 2009 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Oscularia caulescens

Oscularia caulescens flowers
Common names: dassievygie, sandsteenvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Oscularia caulescens is an easy-to-grow succulent groundcover, ideal as an accent plant in especially rockeries or pots and for low-maintenance and water-wise...

21 / 12 / 2009 | M Buys | Compton Herbarium
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Oxalis purpurea

Pink Oxalis purpurea
Common names: grand duchess sorrel (Eng.); suuring (Afr.)
Family: Oxalidaceae

A common but undervalued South African native plant, Oxalis purpurea can make a most magnificent garden plant that flowers for half the year....

21 / 12 / 2009 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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