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Euryops linearis

Euryops linearis
Common names: De Hoop euryops (Eng.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops linearis is a showy, easy-to-grow, tall shrub, covered with bright yellow daisies in spring....

31 / 12 / 2012 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica scytophylla

Erica scytophylla, pink form. Photo Alice Notten
Common names: leather-leaf heath (Eng.); leerblaarheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

This shrub produces white or pink flowers in spring and early summer, usually from September to December, and is ideal for container planting....

29 / 08 / 2022 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euryops muirii

Euryops muirii shrublet
Common names: limestone euryops (Eng.); strandharpuis (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops muirii is a very special species that is restricted to the limestone in and around Still Bay. It has a very limited distribution and occurs...

29 / 08 / 2011 | Ismail Ebrahim | CREW
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Euryops speciosissimus

In flower
Common names: giant resinbush, Clanwilliam euryops (Eng.); pronkharpuisbos, grootharpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

The name of this species indicates that the plant must be something special. The Latin word speciosissimus means spectacular or the showiest of all. When...

10 / 01 / 2005 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euryops tysonii

Euryops tysonii foliage and flowers
Common names: Tyson's euryops (Eng.); sehlakoana (Sesotho/Southern Sotho)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops tysonii is a lovely shrub for the garden, it has attractive foliage, showy yellow flowers all summer and an interesting upright and sprawling...

30 / 03 / 2009 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euryops virgatus

Flowers and leaves
Common names: Nieuwoudtville resin bush (Eng.); Nieuwoudtville harpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops virgatus has an extremely limited distribution area, and there are only three very small populations left, totalling a few hundred plants....

25 / 03 / 2013 | Colleen Rust | Hantam NBG
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Euphorbia groenewaldii

Euphorbia groenewaldii (Seloba Chuene)
Common names: none
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbia groenewaldii is a rare and endemic succulent from the Limpopo Province....

30 / 05 / 2016 | Lerato Hoveka | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Elegia fenestrata

Elegia fenestrata
Common names: stream golden-reed
Family: Restionaceae

This rare restio has a spreading habit, thick, dark green culms (stems) with large, attractive, chestnut-brown sheaths (reduced leaves) at intervals up...

04 / 05 / 2020 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Encephalartos dyerianus

Encephalartos dyerianus
Common names: Lillie’s Cycad, Lowveld Cycad (Eng.); Broodboom, Lillie-se-broodboom, Lillie-broodboom (Afr.)
Family: Zamiaceae

Encephalartos dyerianus is a medium-sized, bluish-green cycad with a very dense leaf canopy. This is an extremely rare cycad, and is endemic to South Africa,...

12 / 09 / 2022 | Lungisani Zondi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Euryops tenuissimus

Flowers
Common names: resin bush (Eng.); harpuisbos; grootharpuisbos; kortbeenharbuisbossie (subsp. trifurcatus) (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Travellers in large areas of the Western and Northern Cape will often stop during springtime to admire the stunning bright yellow flowering bushes along...

04 / 04 / 2005 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euryops virgineus

Euryops virgineus
Common names: honey euryops, river resin bush (Eng.); rivierharpuisbos, heuningmagriet (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Many collectors of South African plants have raved about this attractive plant, and J.D. Keet, who collected a specimen as early as 1918 in the Knysna...

05 / 01 / 2004 | Paul Herman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euchaetis albertiniana

Euchaetis albertiniana
Common names: Albertinia bearded buchu, Albertinia mothflower
Family: Rutaceae

An amazingly hardy, small shrub from the limestone fynbos. It’s a diehard and can last for years! This endangered shrublet is a useful filler for...

11 / 05 / 2020 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica inflata

Erica inflata
Common names: balloon heath, inflated erica (Eng.); ballonheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica inflata is one of the brightest ericas and displays a profusion of umbels of urn-shaped flowers, varying from pale pink to dark rosy-pink, throughout...

19 / 09 / 2022 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euryops wageneri

Euryops wageneri flowers
Common names: Wagener's resin bush (Eng.); Wagener se harpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Anyone who has seen this species will agree that this is probably one of the most magnificent of all the Euryops species. It has the same visual impact...

03 / 01 / 2005 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Erica alopecurus

Erica alopecurus. Photo Suvarna Parbhoo Mohan
Common names: foxtail heath (Eng.); katstertheide (Eng.); chalbeke-e-nyenyane, chesa-litelu, molomo-oa-lekolo-kotoane (Sesotho)
Family: Ericaceae

Foxtail heath has interesting, leafy branches that resembles a fox’s tail, as the common name suggests. It has densely clustered spikes of small,...

19 / 09 / 2022 | Sibahle Gumede | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Erica diaphana

Flowers of Erica diaphana
Common names: diaphanous heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica diaphana is a strong-growing heath from the southern Cape that brings summer colour to the fynbos garden....

26 / 01 / 2015 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica curvirostris

Erica curvirostris
Common names: honey heath, honey-scented heath (Eng.); heuningheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

A small shrub, covered with masses of small, pale pink, bell-shaped, honey-scented flowers in late summer and autumn, the driest time of the year in the...

18 / 05 / 2020 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Eriosema preptum

Eriosema preptum (Photo Alison Young)
Common names: distinguished eriosema
Family: Fabaceae

A perennial herb with attractive yellow-orange flowers, that is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal. ...

25 / 05 / 2020 | Lungisani Zondi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Erica glandulosa subsp. breviflora

Erica glandulosa subsp. breviflora
Common names: Humansdorp glandulous heath
Family: Ericaceae

This subspecies is a short-flowered form of the very popular and reliable Erica glandulosa subsp. glandulosa and is new to horticulture. It is in itself...

26 / 03 / 2018 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica discolor

Erica discolor
Common names: two-colour heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica discolor is a very common and variable species complex that used to consist of two well-known and widespread species namely, Erica discolor and Erica...

25 / 07 / 2016 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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