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Hyperacanthus amoenus

Hyperacanthus amoenus.Photo Geoff Nichols
Common names: Thorny gardenia (Eng.); Doringkatjiepiering (Afr.); Murombe (Tshivenda); Bembethu (Sesotho); isibhembedu, umbambangwe, umthembezwana (isiZulu); isende
Family: Rubiaceae

This shrub or small tree with its glossy green foliage and pretty flowers is an attractive option for gardeners looking to expand their collection of indigenous...

25 / 11 / 2013 | Thompson T Mutshinyalo | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Hypericum revolutum

Bush in flower
Common names: curry bush, forest primrose (Eng.); kerriebos (Afr.)
Family: Hypericaceae

The leaves of the evergreen Hypericum revolutum release a curry-like smell when crushed and after rain. The fresh, green foliage and bright yellow...

13 / 01 / 2014 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Heteropogon contortus

Heteropogon contortus (L.Fish).
Common names: tanglehead, spear grass (Eng.); pylgras, assegaaigras (Afr.); isitupe (IsiZulu); makurwane (Setswana); selokana, seloka (Sesotho)
Family: Poaceae

A hardy grass that is very attractive and palatable in the early vegetative stages, but becomes less attractive and unpalatable as it matures....

15 / 05 / 2017 | Cynthia Mikateko Baloyi | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Haworthia monticola

Haworthia monticola
Common names: mountain haworthia (Eng.), Willowmore dwergaalwyntjie (Afr.).
Family: Asphodelaceae

Haworthia monticola is a dwarf, cluster-forming, cliff-hugging plant, with light green, linear lanceolate, succulent leaves with pale, longitudinal markings...

06 / 12 / 2021 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Hyphaene coriacea

lala palm
Common names: lala palm, ilala palm, gingerbread tree, fan palm (Eng.); lalapalm, palmboom, waaierpalm (Afr.); Lala-Palme (German); Lilala (Swati); Nnala (Tsonga);
Family: Arecaceae

Could large scale exploitation of lala palms make a significant contribution to the economy of northern Zululand? Almost all parts of this very common...

05 / 07 / 2004 | Hugh Glen | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Hypocalyptus coluteoides

Hypocalyptus coluteoides flower head
Common names: balloon-pod red-keur (Eng.); rooikeur, rooikeurtjie (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

Attractive, upright, bright pink to magenta flower heads at the ends of the branches are bound to catch one's attention when this lovely shrub is in...

28 / 05 / 2012 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Hypocalyptus sophoroides

Flowerhead
Common names: red keur (Eng.); rooikeur (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

 Hypocalyptus sophoroides is a graceful shrub producing lots of colour in spring along with a beautiful sweet fragrance....

10 / 12 / 2012 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haworthiopsis nigra

Haworthiopsis nigra
Common names: black haworthiopsis
Family: Asphodelaceae

Haworthiopsis nigra, formerly known as Haworthia nigra, is a slow growing, dwarf, flowering succulent plant, that will instantly capture your attention...

13 / 12 / 2021 | Sihle Nqentsu | Pretoria NBG
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Hypoestes aristata

Hypoestes aristata inflorescences
Common names: ribbon bush (Eng.); seeroogblommetjie (Afr.); uhladlwana olukhulu, uhlonyane, uhlalwane (Zulu)
Family: Acanthaceae

The ribbon bush with its attractive lilac pink flowers is an excellent garden subject....

29 / 03 / 2010 | Patrick Mtsweni | Lowveld NBG
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Hylodesmum repandum

Hylodesmum repandum
Common names: orange tick-trefoil, orange tick-clover, hitchhikers, beggar lice (Eng.)
Family: Fabaceae

An attractive, shrubby, scrambling, perennial leguminous plant, with small, yet charming orange-red flowers in summer....

09 / 09 / 2019 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Hypoestes aristata var. aristata 'Purple Haze'

H.aristata 'Purple Haze'
Common names: ribbon bush (E) lintbos (A) uhlonyane (Z)

This is a special form of the popular ribbon bush Hypoestes aristata which is a garden stalwart....

02 / 07 / 2001 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Hypoxis colchicifolia

Hypoxix colchicifolia©G Nichols
Common names: broad-leaved hypoxis (Eng.); iLabatheka (Zulu)
Family: Hypoxidaceae

This is a must for every South African  gardener, not only for its medicinal uses, but also for its bright yellow flowers in late spring....

02 / 06 / 2003 | Siyabulela Nonjinge | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Hypoxis

Hypoxis acuminata
Common names: yellow stars, star lily, african potato (Eng.); sterretjie, Afrika-patat (Afr.); inkomfe, ilabatheka (isiZulu)
Family: Hypoxidaceae

Hypoxis, a well-known genus of the family Hypoxidaceae, easily recognizable by its bright yellow star-shaped flowers and strap-like leaves, has a long...

05 / 04 / 2004 | Yashica Singh | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Common names: star flower, yellow star (Eng.); sterblom, geelsterretjie, gifbol (Afr.); moli kharatsa, lotsane (S Sotho); inkomfe, inkomfe enkulu (Zulu), inongwe, i
Family: Hypoxidaceae

Hailed as`miracle muti' and `wonder potato', Hypoxis hemerocallidea has been very much in the limelight during the past two decades and is today...

09 / 11 / 2009 | Beate Hölscher | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Hermannia salviifolia

Hermannia salviifolia
Common names: sage-leaf hermannia (Eng.); geneesbossie (Afr.)
Family: Malvaceae

Hermannia salviifolia is a lovely bushy, soft, shrub with densely hairy, lime green, scarcely toothed leaves and clusters of yellow to orange flowers in...

03 / 01 / 2022 | Thembakazi Dyariwe | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haworthia maxima

01 / 01 / 2003 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Hymenolepis parviflora

This plant is currently called Hymenolepis crithmifolia....

12 / 08 / 2005 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haworthia zantneriana

Haworthia zantneriana in cultivation at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Common names: Steytlerville haworthia (Eng.), Steytlerville dwergaalwyntjie (Afr.).
Family: Asphodelaceae

Haworthia zantneriana is a dwarf, cluster-forming, cliff-hugger, with rosettes of light green, linear lanceolate, succulent leaves with pale, longitudinal...

10 / 01 / 2022 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haworthia marumiana var. marumiana

Haworthia marumiana var. marumiana
Common names: Karoo cliff haworthia (Eng.), karroo-dwergaalwyntjie (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Haworthia marumiana var. marumiana is a dwarf plant with numerous rosettes of dark green, ovate-lanceolate, succulent leaves that hug the cliffs in the...

17 / 01 / 2022 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haworthia marumiana var. batesiana

Haworthia marumiana var. batesiana
Common names: Camdebo cliff haworthia (Eng.), Kamdebo-dwergaalwyntjie (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Haworthia marumiana var. batesiana is a dwarf, cliff-hugging plant with numerous rosettes of green, ovate-lanceolate, succulent leaves and a solitary inflorescence...

24 / 01 / 2022 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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