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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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Indigofera circinnata

Indigofera circinnata
Common names: coiled-pod indigofera (Eng.); krulboontjie, steekboontjie (Afr.); mutahala (Tshivenda)
Family: Fabaceae

A spiny, rigid shrub with white and pink flowers and distinctive circular pods, that is used in traditional medicine in South Africa. The genus Indigofera...

22 / 05 / 2023 | Tambudzani Caroline Machaba | Thohoyandou 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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Esterhuysenia inclaudens

Esterhuysenia inclaudens in habitat. Photo Nick Helme
Common names: none
Family: Aizoaceae

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15 / 05 / 2023 | Robyn Manuel | Compton Herbarium
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Ornithogalum viridiflorum

Ornithogalum viridiflorum
Common names: green berg lily
Family: Hyacinthaceae

With its pale green foliage and upright stems crowned with yellowish green, bell-shaped, flowers, Green Berg Lilies make wonderful, ornamental garden plants...

08 / 05 / 2023 | Khotatso Baloyi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Pentzia incana

Pentzia incana
Common names: anchor karoo bush, common karoo bush, good karoo, sheep karoo, sheep bush, sweet karoo (Eng.); alsbossie, alsbos, ankerkaroo, bewerasie, gansie, ganso
Family: Asteraceae

An aromatic and easy-growing perennial suited for the water-wise garden. This grey leaved species is covered in small yellow flowers for about six months...

08 / 05 / 2023 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Huernia procumbens

Huernia procumbens in flower
Common names: Limpopo snake plant (Eng.); Limpopo aasblom (Afr.)
Family: Apocynaceae

A procumbent, mat-forming or pendent succulent with rough, 4-ribbed, green to brownish-green, tuberculate stems and star-shaped flowers, with 5 pale, pointed...

01 / 05 / 2023 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Macledium spinosum

Macledium spinosum
Common names: spiny doll’s protea (Eng.); steekblom (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Cushion-forming, grey-felted shrublet with involucral bracts forming stout, spreading spines....

01 / 05 / 2023 | Thuli Makhoba | National Herbarium Pretoria
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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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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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Ornithogalum princeps

Ornithogalum princeps
Common names: berg lily, summer hyacinth (Eng.); berglelie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

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17 / 04 / 2023 | Ndiyafhi Muthuhadini | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Caputia tomentosa

Caputia tomentosa growing in the Conservatory at Kistenbosch
Common names: woolly caputia, tinderbush (Eng.); tontelbossie, tontelbos, tonteldoos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

A very striking shrublet with beautiful silvery white, cylindrical succulent leaves and yellow discoid-daisy flowerheads in late summer and autumn. It...

13 / 04 / 2023 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Stephania abyssinica

Stephania abyssinica
Common names: tale-telling plant (Eng.); verklikkerplant (Afr.); umbombo, umthambana, umthombo (isiZulu)
Family: Menispermaceae

A slender climbing plant with smooth, deep green, heart-shaped leaves and long twining stems, that can climb up to 10 m high....

10 / 04 / 2023 | Umpha Pharamela | National Herbarium Pretoria
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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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Osteospermum incanum subsp. incanum

Osteospermum incanum subsp. incanum inflorescence
Common names: grey bietou, grey tick berry (Eng.); grysbietou, fynbietou, vaalsandbietou, vaalbietou, vaalbitou (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

A vigorous, sprawling, densely-branched, low-growing grey shrub that is suitably equipped to beautify coastal and interior gardens alike. Its grey leaves,...

03 / 04 / 2023 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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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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Crassula sarmentosa var. sarmentosa

Crassula sarmentosa var. sarmentosa in flower, Kirstenbosch NBG.
Common names: trailing jade plant (Eng.)
Family: Crassulaceae

A decorative ground cover with trailing stems and succulent leaves with serrated edges, that produces heads of white, star-shaped flowers in winter....

27 / 03 / 2023 | Shane Koorbanally | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Ipomoea oblongata

Ipomoea oblongata
Common names: wild morning glory, Boqo morning glory (Eng); krismisblom (Afr); ubhoqo (isiZulu); mothokgo (Sesotho)
Family: Convolvulaceae

An exquisite creeper belonging to the morning glory family, with long stems stretched out flat on the ground, and bright, dark mauve, eye-catching flowers...

27 / 03 / 2023 | Lufuno Nenungwi | Free State NBG
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Cotyledon barbeyi var. soutpansbergensis

Cotyledon barbeyi var. soutpansbergensis by Vicki Thomas
Common names: Soutpansberg cliff-cotyledon (Eng.), Soutpansberg krans-plakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

The Soutpansberg cliff-cotyledon is only known from cliffs along the northern foothills of the Soutpansberg, Limpopo Province, South Africa. It is a small,...

20 / 03 / 2023 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotula barbata

Cotula barbata, white-flowered and yellow-flowered forms co-occuring. Photo Anthony Magee
Common names: gansogies, kleinganskos, knoppiesopslag (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Cotula barbata is a widespread, yellow- or white-flowered annual that occurs in the Western Cape and Northern Cape of South Africa.Fig. 1. Cotula barbata,...

20 / 03 / 2023 | Aarifah Jakoet | Compton Herbarium
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