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Cotyledon velutina

Cotyledon velutina in habitat, Camdebo. Photo Nicola van Berkel
Common names: velvet pig’s ear, velvet cotyledon (Eng.); plakkie, varkoor (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

An evergreen succulent plant with attractive, rounded, greyish green leaves with red margins and bright orange-red flowers on a long stalk in summer. This...

03 / 04 / 2023 | Charlotte Sindiswa Ntenga | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Calanthe sylvatica

Calanthe sylvatica
Common names: forest-dwelling calanthe (Eng.)
Family: Orchidaceae

A robust, terrestrial orchid with large, pale lilac or purple blooms during summer....

10 / 04 / 2023 | Siphesihle Precious Sibiya | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula deceptor

Crassula deceptor in flower in habitat. Photo Ismail Ebrahim
Common names: alabaster towers (Eng.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Several crassulas are attractive mimicry plants, and Crassula deceptor is said to owe its name deceptor, which means impostor or pretender, to the fact...

24 / 04 / 2023 | Sihle Nqentsu | Pretoria NBG
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Cineraria geifolia

Cineraria geifolia
Common names: geum-leaved cineraria
Family: Asteraceae

A cheery, floriferous, spring-flowering ground cover, widespread from the coastal shores to higher altitudes inland and it is easy to grow, making it a...

30 / 11 / 2020 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotyledon woodii subsp. cremnophila

Cotyledon woodii subsp. cremnophila
Common names: Kei River cotyledon (Eng.), Keiplakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

The Kei River cotyledon is only known from cliffs along the lower Kei River in the Eastern Cape. It is a small, compact, rock-hugging shrublet with attractive...

24 / 04 / 2023 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Craibia brownii

Craibia brownii
Common names: None in South Africa
Family: Fabaceae

An eye-catching rounded tree, covered with white to creamy pink, strongly scented flowers in spring and early summer, that will take a starring role in...

14 / 12 / 2020 | Winfred Velephi Ngwenya | Lowveld NBG
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Commiphora harveyi

Commiphora harveyi in habitat, Oribi Gorge (Geoff Nichols).
Common names: copper-stem corkwood, red-stem corkwood (Eng.); koperstamkanniedood, rooistamkanniedood (Afr.); umhlunguthi, ulonwabo (isiXhosa); iminyela, umbumbunga
Family: Burseraceae

An interesting tree because of its unusual appearance of silky, copper-like bark that peels in large flakes; a great specimen for making bonsai trees and...

14 / 08 / 2017 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Coleus tenuicaulis

Coleus tenuicaulis
Common names: Angolan blue coleus (Eng.); Angola blouspoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Coleus tenuicaulis is an aromatic shrub with panicles of dark blue flowers in autumn and winter, from the southwestern highlands of Angola. Easily...

08 / 10 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Conophytum pageae

Conophytum pageae. Photo Nick Helme
Common names: lips plant, cone plant, button plant, dumplings, living pebbles (Eng.); knopies, toontjies (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

An evergreen member of the Aizoaceae family, Conophytum pageae is a unique succulent with lips that resemble those of a human. Considering how simple it...

05 / 06 / 2023 | Khotatso Baloyi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Cussonia sphaerocephala

Cussonia sphaerocephala
Common names: forest cabbage-tree, Natal forest cabbage tree (Eng.); boskiepersol (Afr.); umsenge-wehlathi (isiXhosa & isiZulu); umsenge (siSwati)
Family: Araliaceae

A highly ornamental, fast-growing tree, with rounded heads atop tall, slender stems developing into magnificent specimens, but don’t plant it near...

21 / 01 / 2019 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotula duckittiae

Bright orange flowers
Common names: Bokbaai buttons
Family: Asteraceae

This adorable orange flowered annual normally heralds the beginning of spring when it starts flowering in September....

03 / 11 / 2014 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chloris gayana

Chloris gayana spikelet
Common names: Hunyani grass, Rhodes grass, Rhodesian blue grass (Eng.); bruinvingergras, rhodes-gras, rooiklossiegras (Afr.); nyankomo, umyaka (isiZulu)
Family: Poaceae

Rhodes grass is a very leafy grass which spreads by means of stolons. It is a fairly distinctive grass, not easily confused with other grasses....

17 / 07 / 2023 | Aluoneswi Caroline Mashau | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Crinum lineare

Crinum lineare (Adriaan Grobler)
Common names: Port Elizabeth crinum
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Crinum lineare is a beautiful lily, capable of producing its outstanding flowers abundantly and will give any home or garden an attractive and stylish...

03 / 12 / 2018 | Vathiswa Zikishe | CREW
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Crassula expansa

Crassula expansa subsp. expansa
Common names: Fragile crassula (Eng.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula expansa is a dwarf, soft, decumbent, scrambling succulent plant with small green, red or pinkish-green leaves and white, cup-shaped flowers. Best...

24 / 07 / 2023 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Crotalaria magaliesbergensis

Crotalaria magaliesbergensis
Common names: Magaliesberg rattlepod (Eng.); magaliesberg jaagsiektebossie (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

Crotalaria magaliesbergensis is small shrub that sprouts annually from a woody rootstock, to produce many, fragrant, yellow flowers. It will be a great...

10 / 12 / 2018 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Croton megalobotrys

Croton megalobotrys (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: feverberry, large feverberry (Eng.); koorsbessie, grootkoorsbessie (Afr.); motsibi (Northern Sotho), muruthu (Tshivenda)
Family: Euphorbiaceae

This tree will add colour to your garden in autumn as the leaves produces shades of yellow, orange and brown; flowering time is throughout spring and as...

17 / 12 / 2018 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chrysocoma ciliata

Chrysocoma ciliata
Common names: bitter bush, bitter cowcud (Eng.); bitterbos (Afr.); sehalahala (Sesotho)
Family: Asteraceae

A dense, slender-stemmed shrublet that boasts with its alluring, bright yellow, globular flowerheads....

24 / 12 / 2018 | Thembakazi Dyariwe | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cyrtanthus breviflorus

Cyrtanthus breviflorus flowering after fire
Common names: yellow fire lily, wild crocus (Eng.); geelvuurlelie, wildekrokus (Afr.); umpimpilizi (SiSwati); injobo, uvelabahleke (isiZulu)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Yellow fire lily is a small grassland bulb from the amaryllis family, with bright yellow flowers all year round. It grows naturally in moist or dry grasslands...

14 / 08 / 2023 | Itumeleng Machete | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Combretum vendae

Combretum vendae var. glabratum  (Wynand Uys, iSpot)
Common names: Venda bushwillow (Eng.); vendaboswilg (Afr.); gopo-gopo, gopokopo-bani (Venda)
Family: Combretaceae

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19 / 09 / 2016 | Nomama Mei | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Coleus kirkii

Coleus kirkii
Common names: prickly sage, blue soldier sage (Eng.); stekelsalie (Afr.); umvuthuza, uhlalawane (Zulu)
Family: Lamiaceae

A beautiful perennial with two-tone, spiky, pale blue and mauve flowerheads in late summer to autumn; a good choice for the mixed border if you live in...

29 / 03 / 2004 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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