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Trichodesma angustifolium

Trichodesma angustifolium flowers
Common names: blue-bells
Family: Boraginaceae

Dainty pale blue flowers that turn pink with age cover bushes of Trichodesma angustifolium subsp. angustifolium in springtime, especially after fire....

28 / 01 / 2008 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Trichodesma physaloides

Chocolate bells
Common names: Chocolate Bells
Family: Boraginaceae

Drooping flowers with large, brownish purple calyces and white corollas characterise this plant which is conspicuous in early spring, especially where...

09 / 05 / 2005 | Elizabeth Retief | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Tricholaena monachne

Panicle inflorescence:Photo.M Koekemoer
Common names: blue seed grass (Eng.); blousaadgras (Afr.)
Family: Poaceae

Tricholaena monachne is an attractive grass with an open panicle inflorescence and green spikelets that are often flushed or almost entirely purple. It...

23 / 10 / 2006 | C Mudau | Pretoria NBG
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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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Tridactyle bicaudata

Tridactyle bicaudata
Family: Orchidaceae

Anyone who has had the pleasure of walking in the dry forests which occur along the eastern coast of Africa, will have noticed the sometimes large clumps...

24 / 10 / 2005 | B Tarr | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Tripteris oppositifolia

Tripteris oppositifolia flower head
Common names: stinkskaapbos, skaapbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

This species is now known as Osteospermum oppositifolium. ...

12 / 01 / 2009 | | KwaZulu-Natal 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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Tritoniopsis triticea

Common names: mountain pipes (Eng.); rooibergpypie, klipuintjie, berguintjie, karkarblom (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

A bright red, spiky-looking flower growing among the fynbos in a dry rocky area, caught my eye as I was walking along the contour path above Kirstenbosch...

04 / 12 / 2006 | Xolelwa Lusithi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Trochomeria macrocarpa

Ripe fruit
Common names: bobbejaankomkommer (Afr.)
Family: Cucurbitaceae

The bright red, juicy fruits of this climber will attract birds to your garden....

20 / 03 / 2006 | M Welman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Tulbaghia simmleri

Tulbaghia simmleri
Common names: sweet wild garlic, sweet garlic, fragrant tulbaghia (Eng.); soetwildeknoffel, aandblommetjie (Afr.)
Family: Alliaceae

Tulbaghia simmleri is a desirable and rewarding garden plant, with decorative and sweetly fragrant flowers, and it is easy to grow....

30 / 09 / 2013 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Tulbaghia violacea

Bank of Tulbaghia violacea in flower
Common names: wild garlic, society garlic (Eng.); wildeknoffel, wildeknoflok (Afr.); utswelane (Xho.); isihaqa, incinsini, (Zul.)
Family: Alliaceae

This is a popular garden plant that is useful for difficult hot corners of the garden as it will tolerate prolonged drought, although it flourishes with...

27 / 09 / 2004 | Shireen Harris | Free State NBG
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Turnera oculata var. oculata

Close-up of the Namib Turnera
Common names: Namib Turnera
Family: Turneraceae

The Namib Turnera has striking yellow flowers with a conspicuous dark centre and occurs in Kaokoveld in the Namib Desert in northern Namibia and in southern...

14 / 12 / 2009 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Turraea obtusifolia

Masses of flowers in summer
Common names: small honeysuckle tree, lesser honeysuckle tree, (Eng.); kleinkamperfoelieboom (Afr.); amazulu, ikhambi-lomsinga [roots], ikunzi [roots], ikunzi ebomv
Family: Meliaceae

Turraea obtusifolia is an ornamental shrub with glossy dark green foliage, masses of showy white flowers in summer and decorative orange-red fruits in...

05 / 02 / 2007 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Tylecodon ellaphieae

Growing in habitat,Rosyntjiesberg.
Common names: Rosyntjieberg-nenta (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Tylecodon ellaphieae is one of 46 species in the genus Tylecodon, all endemic to the winter rainfall region of South Africa and Namibia....

01 / 01 / 2007 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Tylecodon paniculatus

Tylecodon paniculatus
Common names: butter tree (Eng.); botterboom, baadtjies (Afrik.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Tylecodon paniculatus is a stocky, caudiciform, arborescent succulent that occurs over a wide area. ...

02 / 09 / 2002 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Typha capensis

Typha capensis
Common names: bulrush ( Eng.); papkuil, matjiesriet (Afr.); ibhuma (Zulu, Swazi); ingcongolo (Xhosa); motsitla (Sesotho)
Family: Typhaceae

Typha capensis is synonymous with most large as well as small freshwater bodies. These perennial, leafy aquatic plants with their distinctive velvety-brown...

27 / 08 / 2007 | Werner Voigt | Harold Porter NBG
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Terminalia phanerophlebia

Fruits (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: Lebombo cluster-leaf (Eng.); Lebombotrosblaar (Afr.); amaNgwe-amnyama, amaNgwe-omphofu (isiZulu); mambonjwane (SiSwati)
Family: Combretaceae

A decorative shrub to small tree with a hard, heavy brown wood. It is an ideal tree for street planting....

11 / 08 / 2014 | F Nonyane | Pretoria NBG
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Trichostomum brachydontium

Trichostomum brachydontium
Common names: Variable crisp-moss
Family: Pottiaceae

Trichostomum brachydontium is the most widespread and frequently collected moss in South Africa....

23 / 12 / 2013 | Jacques van Rooy | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Tephrosia pondoensis

Tephrosia pondoensis (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: Pondo poison-pea (Eng.); pondogifertjie, basterkurkbos (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae


05 / 11 / 2018 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Tylecodon wallichii subsp. wallichii

Tylecodon wallichii ssp. wallichii in flower. Photo Alexey Yakovlev
Common names: pegleg butterbush, quiver bush (Eng.); kokerbos, kandelaarbos, krimpsiektebos, krimpsiekkandelaar, nenta, bandjiesbos, tnjoemsganna, koni-ganna, karke
Family: Crassulaceae

A succulent shrub with thick, knobby branches and many nodding, pale greenish-yellow flowers on long stems in early summer. It is widely spread in dry,...

03 / 07 / 2023 | Zamasodi Mkhungo | Pretoria NBG
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