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Pentarrhinum insipidum

Pentarrhinum insipidum
Common names: African heartvine (Eng.), donkieperske, hondepisbossie, opklim, wildekomkommer (Afr.), aulana, furana (Ndebele), umulugwe (Ndebele), leswa (Sotho)
Family: Apocynaceae

The leaves, stems and fruit of Pentarrhinum insipidum are widely eaten throughout Africa. It is an important wild vegetable and has the potential to be...

27 / 10 / 2008 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | Pretoria NBG
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Hermannia pinnata

Hermannia pinnata flowers
Common names: orange hermannia/doll's rose (Eng.), kwasblaar kruip poprosie (Afr.)
Family: Malvaceae

Hermannia pinnata is a decorative groundcover, covered in masses of honey-scented pale orange bells in early summer, and ideal for hanging baskets,...

20 / 10 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Dianthus zeyheri

Dianthus zeyheri flowers.  Image Martin von Fintel
Common names: wild pink dianthus, African carnation (Eng.); grasangelier, wild-angelier (Afr.); iningizimu, isidala, umzima (isiZulu)
Family: Caryophyllaceae

This beautiful, hardy African carnation adds a mass of pink colour to the garden....

20 / 10 / 2008 | Sifiso Mnxati | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Flueggea virosa

Flueggea virosa leaves & fruit
Common names: white berry-bush (Eng.); witbessiesbos (Afr.); Mutangahuma (Tshivenda); Mpfalambati (Tsonga); Muhlakaume (Sotho)
Family: Phyllanthaceae

This African plant has become a problem plant in other parts of the world.© Geoff Nichols...

13 / 10 / 2008 | T Ratshibvumo | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Atalaya alata

Atalaya alata foliage
Common names: Lebombo krantz ash (Eng.); Lebombo kransesseboom (Afr.); umzondo, umnondo (Zulu)
Family: Sapindaceae

Introduce a finer texture in your garden by planting Atalaya alata....

13 / 10 / 2008 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Tritonia crocata

Tritonia crocata
Common names: Mossel Bay tritonia (Eng.) mosselbaaikalkoentjie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

Tritonia crocata is a striking, late spring and early summer-flowering plant with fiery orange or reddish orange flower sprays and a fan of short, lance-shaped...

06 / 10 / 2008 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Justicia flava

Justicea flava flowers
Common names: yellow justicea (Eng.); geelgarnaalbos (Afr.); impela (Zulu)
Family: Acanthaceae

Justicia flava is a ground cover which produces yellow flowers from September to May and is a good investment for a sunny spot in the garden....

06 / 10 / 2008 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Mundulea sericea

Mundulea sericea flowers and leaves
Common names: cork bush, silver bush, Rhodesian silver-leaf (Eng.); kurkbos, blou-ertjieboom, olifantshout, visboontjie, visgif, mangaanbos (Afr.); omukeka (Herero)
Family: Fabaceae

In a landscape characterised by grass and rock, all-year frost and drenching thunderstorms, Mundulea sericea stands out as the true star of the veld....

29 / 09 / 2008 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Arctotis acaulis

Arctotis acaulis flower - orange with black spots
Common names: renoster arctotis, renoster marigold (Eng.), renostergousblom, tonteldoekblom (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Arctotis acaulis is a fast-growing perennial that is best grown as an annual, with large orange, yellow, salmon or cream daisies in spring and early...

29 / 09 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium glutinosum

Pelargonium glutinosum flowers
Common names: balm-scented pelargonium, sticky-leaf pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This showy Pelargonium with its dark pink flowers and dark green leaves will bring delight to a garden wanting striking contrast....

22 / 09 / 2008 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Parinari curatellifolia

Parinari curatellifolia tree
Common names: mobola-plum, cork tree, hissing tree (Eng.); grysappel, bosappel (Afr.); mmola (N. Sotho); mbulwa (Tsonga); mobola (Tswana); muvhula (Venda)
Family: Chrysobalanaceae

This attractive shade-providing tree is a prominent aspect in its environment, and it is no surprise that a tribute to the late Dr David Livingstone (a...

22 / 09 / 2008 | Hugh Glen | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Strumeria prolifera flower-heads
Common names: Cape snowflake (Eng.); tolbol (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae


15 / 09 / 2008 | D Snijman | Compton Herbarium
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Protea coronata

Protea coronata flower head
Common names: green protea, green sugarbush (Eng.); groenhofiesuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea coronata has bright apple-green inflorescences hidden amongst its silvery foliage; it's not a showy garden shrub but the very attractive...

15 / 09 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Encephalartos arenarius

Encephalartos arenarius
Common names: Alexandria cycad, Kwa Qaba cycad (Eng.); uMphanga wakwa Qaba (Nguni)
Family: Zamiaceae

Encephalartos arenarius is a medium-sized, multi-stemmed, subterranean  plant about 1-2 m high. It grows well in semi-shade but can tolerate full...

08 / 09 / 2008 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Brachystelma barberae

Brachystelma barberae
Common names: platvoetaasblom (Afr.)
Family: Apocynaceae

Brachystelma barberae is without doubt the most spectacular species in the genus. It is probably the best known cultivated caudiciform asclepiad. If the...

08 / 09 / 2008 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Salvia lanceolata

Image of Salvia lanceolata flowers
Common names: rusty sage, lance-leaf sage (Eng.); rooisalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A lovely grey-green aromatic shrub with rusty red flowers for most of the year; rewardingly easy to grow and water-wise....

01 / 09 / 2008 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ehrharta calycina

Ehrharta calycina
Common names: common ehrharta, common veld grass (Eng.); gewone ehrharta, rooigras, polgras (Afr.)
Family: Poaceae

Ehrharta calycina is usually perennial with strongly geniculate culms (stems), red-flowers and a creeping, branched rhizome....

01 / 09 / 2008 | Aluoneswi Caroline Mashau | Pretoria NBG
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Pelargonium radens

Pelargonium radens flowers
Common names: rasp-leaved, multifid-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This showy, scented pelargonium will bring delight to any fragrant garden....

25 / 08 / 2008 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Croton sylvaticus

Croton sylvaticus tree. Photo G. Nichols
Common names: forest fever-berry, woodland croton (Eng.); boskoorsbessie (Afr.), umFeze, uMagwaqane (Xhosa); umHloshazane, uGebeleweni, umZilanyoni, inDumbahlozi (Z
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Croton sylvaticus is a beautiful, spreading, leafy tree, up to 21 m, high sometimes less, usually with a tall, straight trunk up to 1 m in diameter....

25 / 08 / 2008 | Alec Naidoo | Pretoria NBG
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Acmadenia trigona

Acmadenia trigona
Common names: Langeberg porcelain flower (Eng.); Langeberg-boegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Acmadenia trigona, from the winter rainfall region, forms an upright shrub with spreading branches. It grows 0.3-0.7 m high. It is a single stem at the...

18 / 08 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | Kirstenbosch NBG
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