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Balanites maughamii subsp. maughamii

Butressed trunk and bark
Common names: torchwood (Eng.); groendoring (Afr.); umnunu (Sotho); nulu (Tswana)
Family: Zygophyllaceae

Balanites maughamii is not well known in South Africa. The older trees have an amazing, upright, deeply folded or buttressed trunk, that visually...

04 / 09 / 2006 | K Behr | Pretoria NBG
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Ballota africana

Ballota africana
Common names: cat herb, Cape horehound (Eng.); kattekruie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A popular herb in the Cape, Ballota africana is easy to identify by its soft-grey, aromatic foliage and old brown calyces that remain long after the flowers...

23 / 08 / 2004 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Baphia racemosa

Baphia racemosa
Common names: violet pea, Natal camwood (Eng.); boskamhout (Afr.); uTshuphu (isiXhosa); isiFithi (isiZulu)
Family: Fabaceae

Baphia racemosa is an evergreen shrub with white flowers that stand out against the green forest and fill the air with a strong violet scent....

25 / 10 / 2010 | Sifiso Mnxati | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Barleria albostellata

Barleria albostellata
Common names: grey barleria (Eng.); grysbarleria, fluweelblaarbosviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

This medium to large shrub produces beautiful white tubular flowers in spring and summer. In addition, the velvety grey leaves create a wonderful colour...

29 / 01 / 2007 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria elegans

Plant in flower
Common names: white bushveld barleria ( Eng.); wit bosviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

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19 / 11 / 2007 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria greenii

Barleria greenii
Common names: wild bush petunia, Green's barleria
Family: Acanthaceae

A beautiful shrub with large pink to white, night-scented flowers in summer....

19 / 03 / 2001 | Sharon Turner | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Bauhinia petersiana subsp. macrantha

Bauhinia petersiana subsp. macrantha
Common names: Kalahari bauhinia, Kalahari camel’s foot, coffee neat's foot (Eng.); kalaharibauhinia, kalaharibeesklou, koffiebeesklou (Afr.); motsantsa, mogotswe
Family: Fabaceae

This low-growing, evergreen tree or scrambler, boasts with large, pleasantly scented white flowers in midsummer....

17 / 09 / 2018 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria gueinzii

Barleria gueinzii
Common names: bush violet (Eng.); bosviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

Barleria gueinzii is an unarmed (without thorns) evergreen shrub, which bears beautiful mauve to blue flowers from February to April and is ideal...

05 / 02 / 2007 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria rigida var. rigida

Barleria rigida var. rigida
Common names: scorpion thistle (Eng.); skerpioendissel (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

Your first choice plant for the sunny dry areas in your garden....

17 / 09 / 2018 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria heterotricha subsp.heterotricha

Barleria heterotricha subsp. heterotricha
Common names: downy barleria (Eng.); fluweel barleria (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

A hardy indigenous plant with interesting leaf colour and texture for sunny areas in your garden....

03 / 12 / 2012 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria dinteri

Barleria dinteri
Common names: leather leaf barleria (Eng.); Ludwigslust barleria (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

This is one of the lesser known barlerias, suitable for a sunny spot in your garden....

01 / 04 / 2013 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria dolomiticola

Barleria dolomiticola flower and buds
Common names: Wolkberg bush violet
Family: Acanthaceae

Plant a Red Listed barleria in your garden and support the conservation of the species....

07 / 04 / 2014 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Bowiea gariepensis

Bowiea gariepensis in full flower, growing on a rocky scree
Common names: white-flowering bowiea, white bowiea, Gariep bowiea (Eng.); lopertjie (Afr.)
Family: Asparagaceae

Bowiea gariepensis is a summer-deciduous bulbous plant from the lower Orange River Valley in the Northern Cape and southern Namibia, growing singly or...

15 / 05 / 2023 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria holubii

Barleria holubii flowers and leaves
Common names: bushveld joy
Family: Acanthaceae

If you are an indigenous plant lover and you need an attractive, fast-growing, hardy plant for the rocky areas in your garden, Barleria holubii is...

02 / 02 / 2009 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld 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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Bulbine angustifolia

Bulbine angustifolia
Common names: narrow-leaved bulbine, slender bulbine, golden lily (Eng.); rooistamper, kopieva, katstert, koorsbossie (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Bulbine angustifolia is a stunning plant with delicate, bright yellow flowers and slender leaves, that can add a touch of beauty to any garden or landscape....

22 / 05 / 2023 | Rofhiwa Ingrid Mudau | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Barleria meyeriana

Common names: Meyer's bushviolet (Eng.)
Family: Acanthaceae

Barleria meyeriana is an ideal groundcover to cover areas in full sun in your garden....

07 / 05 / 2012 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria obtusa

Barleria obtusa
Common names: bush violet, barleria (Eng.); bosviooltjie (Afr.); idololenkonyane (Zulu)
Family: Acanthaceae

Amongst the attractive red, bronze tints provided by tree foliage in autum, Barleria obtusa makes an even more spectacular show, when it is covered in...

14 / 05 / 2001 | Megan Isaacs | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria prionitis subsp. delagoensis

Barleria prionitis subsp. delagoensis flowers and foliage
Common names: Delagoa Bay barleria, porcupine flower
Family: Acanthaceae

If you are living in a subtropical area and looking for a fast growing, indigenous plant to solve your problem of planting open sunny areas in your garden,...

17 / 05 / 2010 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Barleria randii

Flowers and leaves B.randii
Common names: Matopos apricot barleria
Family: Acanthaceae

This barleria with its orange/yellow flowers and white leaf margins will be an attractive addition to a rock garden....

31 / 03 / 2014 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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