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Trichilia emetica

Trichilia emtica fruits.Photo Geoff Nichols
Common names: Natal mahogany; rooiessenhout (Afr.); mamba (Northern Sotho); umathunzini (isiZulu); umkuhlu (SiSwati); umkhuhlu (isiXhosa); nkulu (Xitsonga); mutuhu
Family: Meliaceae

The Natal mahogany is an evergreen tree with handsome dark green glossy leaves and a wide-spreading crown. Its sweet-scented flowers will attract bees...

28 / 04 / 2014 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Trichocephalus stipularis

Trichocephalus stipularis flowerheads
Common names: dogface (Eng.); hondegesiggie (Afr.)
Family: Rhamnaceae

A hardy, rounded shrublet, with evergreen dark foliage, starry pink flowers in white-woolly, rounded flowerheads in autumn and winter followed by reddish,...

20 / 06 / 2016 | Ramadimetja Junia Maleka | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Trichocladus grandiflorus

Trichocladus grandiflorus flower
Common names: honeysuckle tree; wild peach, green hazel, green witch-hazel (Eng.); rooihout, groenhaselaar (Afr.); ugabavu (Swazi)
Family: Hamamelidaceae

Trichocladus grandiflorus is a most handsome and easily cultivated ornamental tree, well deserving of a place in any garden, yet it remains as little...

13 / 07 / 2009 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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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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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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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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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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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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Trifolium africanum

Trifolium africanum (Mervyn Lotter)
Common names: erasmus clover, wild clover (Eng.); wildeklawer (Afr.); mmusapelo, moroko, musapelo, mokopshwe, mootsapelo, moqoiqoi, moqophi, (Sesotho)
Family: Fabaceae


26 / 03 / 2018 | Marianne le Roux | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Trimeria grandifolia subsp. grandifolia

Trimeria grandifolia subsp. grandifolia, new growth.
Common names: wild-mulberry, big ears, big-leaf trimeria (Eng.); grootblaarwildemoerbei, grootblaarysterhout, wildemoerbei, lindeboom (Afr.); idlebe-lendlovu, igqab
Family: Salicaceae

This is a fast-growing, small to medium-sized, single stemmed tree, with decorative foliage that truly resembles the forest raisin tree, as well as the...

09 / 04 / 2018 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Tripteris oppositifolia

Tripteris oppositifolia flower head
Common names: skaapbos
Family: Asteraceae

The golden, orange and yellow flowers of Tripteris oppositifolia make a stunning show in spring....

12 / 01 / 2009 | S Nonkululeko | Pretoria 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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Triumfetta annua

Triumfetta annua. Photo: Geoff Nichols
Common names: bur weed, lesser cockle bur, annual triumfetta (Eng.); klitsbossie (Afr.); umhlabangubo (isiXhosa)
Family: Malvaceae


23 / 11 / 2015 | Nonkululo Phephu | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Triumfetta sonderi

Triumfetta sonderi has attractive, bristly, hairy fruits. (Nicky van Berkel, iSpot)
Common names: Sonder’s truimfetta (Eng.); waaierbossie, maagbossie, rolbossie, spinnekopbossie, tolbossie (Afr.); mokuku (Sepedi)
Family: Malvaceae

A beautiful shrub from the grasslands, with small, star-shaped, light yellow flowers and attractive rounded, pinkish-red, hairy fruits....

13 / 06 / 2016 | Refilwe Maria Malatji | Pretoria 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 acutiloba

Tulbaghia acutiloba
Common names: wild garlic (Eng.); wildeknoffel (Afr.); isihihi (Xho.); ishaladi lezinyoka (Zul.); motsuntsunyane, sefothafotha (sSo.)
Family: Alliaceae

A lovely, small and delicate bulbous perennial, with garlic-scented, edible leaves and sweetly fragrant flowers almost all year round....

25 / 02 / 2019 | Bathabile Ndlovu | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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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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