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Haemanthus

Haemanthus pubescens on the West Coast, South Africa (Colin Paterson-Jones)
Common names: paintbrush, powderpuff (Eng.); poeierkwas, velskoenblaar (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Haemanthus may be perceived as brilliant, brazen blood lilies or demure, soft, powderpuffs-in either guise they can surprise and delight you....

15 / 08 / 2005 | D Snijman | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Halleria lucida

Halleria lucida
Common names: tree fuchsia, white olive (Eng.), notsung, witolienhout, witolyfhout (Afr.), umbinza (isiXhosa), indomela, umbinza (isiZulu), lebetsa (Sesotho), murev
Family: Stilbaceae

Not only is Halleria lucida an attractive tree and an asset to any garden, it is also one of the best bird attracting trees....

28 / 01 / 2002 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haplocarpha scaposa

Haplocarpha scaposa
Common names: false gerbera (Eng.); melktou (Afr.); khutsana (Southern Sotho); isikhali (Xhosa)
Family: Asteraceae

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10 / 09 / 2007 | E Lithudzha | Pretoria NBG
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Haplocladium angustifolium

Haplocladium angustifolium
Common names: Narrow-leaved small-feathered moss
Family: Leskeaceae

The mosses are a group of non-flowering plants belonging to the Bryophyta division of the main plant kingdom. They are fairly small with most of their...

05 / 07 / 2010 | N Phepo | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Harpephyllum caffrum

Fruits of H caffrum: Photo Geoff Nichols
Common names: wild plum (Eng.); wildepruim, suurbessie, gwenjabessie (Afr.); umgwenya (Zulu, Xhosa); mothekele (Northern Sotho)
Family: Anacardiaceae

This is an attractive evergreen tree that is useful as an ornamental garden tree and for attracting birds and butterflies into the garden.It is popularly...

18 / 10 / 2004 | Mhlonishwa D Dlamini | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Harpochloa falx

Harpochloa falx - caterpillar grass
Common names: caterpillar grass (Eng.), ruspergras (Afr.)
Family: Poaceae

The caterpillar grass, Harpochloa falx, is a wonderful garden plant, which forms neat, dark green tussocks which persist throughout the year and produce...

17 / 02 / 2003 | Isabel Johnson | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Harveya squamosa

Harveya squamosa
Common names: None recorded
Family: Orobanchaceae

Harveya squamosa is a strange root parasite, commonly seen with the whole plant coloured a glorious red to orange or, rarely, all sulphur yellow,...

21 / 11 / 2011 | J Ready | Pretoria NBG
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Haworthia cymbiformis

Haworthia cymbiformis
Common names: cathedral window haworthia
Family: Asphodelaceae

This is a succulent plant with a restricted distribution in southern Africa . The succulent leaves of this relatively small plant allow it to withstand...

26 / 08 / 2013 | Sthembile Zondi | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Heteropyxis canescens

Heteropyxis canescens
Common names: forest lavender tree (Eng.); boslaventelboom (Afr.); inkunzana (Siswati)
Family: Heteropyxidaceae

The forest lavender tree is an evergreen to semi-deciduous, attractive small tree. It deserves to be utilised more in gardens and landscapes, due to its...

20 / 10 / 2014 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Haworthia truncata var. truncata

Haworthia truncata var. truncat
Common names: horse teeth (Eng.); perdetande (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Haworthia truncata var. truncata is an attractive showy, miniature leaf succulent....

13 / 07 / 2009 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Hebenstretia dura

Hebenstretia dura
Common names: Cat's tail, katstert (Afr.), slugwort, slakblom (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

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30 / 12 / 2001 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Helichrysum argyrophyllum

Grown on a sunny slope
Common names: Mo's Gold, Golden guinea everlasting, Vaalsewejaartjie
Family: Asteraceae

This plant originates in the Eastern Cape. It favours dry places and bare, open, hard ground and grasslands. It is often found growing amongst rocks. This...

21 / 05 / 2001 | Ryan Smith | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Helichrysum foetidum

Helichrysum foetidum inflorescence
Common names: stinking strawflower, stinking yellow everlasting (Eng.); muishondblaar, geelsewejaartjie, vleisewejaartjie (Afr.); isicwe (Zulu)
Family: Asteraceae

The glossy, deep yellow flowerheads of Helichrysum foetidum catch the eye. This hardy, water-wise plant could enhance many gardens....

14 / 11 / 2005 | S Nonkululeko | Pretoria NBG
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Helichrysum molestum

Plant in flower
Family: Asteraceae

Helichrysum molestum is one of the attractive everlastings with bright yellow flower heads. The taxonomy of this group caused Dr Hilliard so much trouble...

12 / 03 / 2007 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Helichrysum appendiculatum

Inflorescence
Common names: sheep's ears everlasting (Eng.); skaapoorbossie (Afr.); senkotoana (South Sotho); ibode, indlebeyemvu (Zulu)
Family: Asteraceae

Strong pink and cream flowerheads and woolly leaves make Helichrysum appendiculatum a striking plant that would enhance any garden. Not yet in...

31 / 10 / 2005 | Julia Mnengwane | Pretoria NBG
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Helichrysum aureonitens

In Flower
Common names: golden everlasting (Eng.); goue sewejaartjie (Afr.); toane-ntja, toane-poli (S. Sotho); impepho-emphlope, indondokozane, inkondlwane (Xhosa)
Family: Asteraceae

The silvery-white leaves of Helichrysum aureonitens contrast well with green plants and create a sense of coolness in a garden. The golden flowers are...

17 / 12 / 2007 | J Ready | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Helichrysum herniarioides

Flowerheads
Family: Asteraceae

Once you have seen Helichrysum herniaroides in the veld you will always remember how plentiful it is — almost like a groundcover in sandy areas,...

26 / 03 / 2007 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Helichrysum nudifolium

Helichrysum nudifolium
Common names: Hottentot's tea (Eng.); Hottentotstee (Afr.); letapiso, mohlomela-tsie-oa-thaba (Southern Sotho); ludvutfane (Swazi); icholocholo (Xhosa, Zulu); isidw
Family: Asteraceae

Helichrysum nudifolium is a sun-loving, perennial herb with a pale yellow inflorescence and shiny, light green leaves. There are many species very similar...

10 / 11 / 2003 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Helichrysum nudifolium var. pilosellum

Helichrysum nudifolium var. pilosellum flower head
Common names: hairy everlasting (Eng.); bolebo, boleba-ba-liliba, leboko, papetloane-ea-liliba, papetloane-e-kholo, tsebe-litelele (South Sotho); isicwe (Xhosa, Zul
Family: Asteraceae

Helichrysum nudifolium var. pilosellum occurs in the open grassland of the Free State, and grows from Eastern Cape to Malawi. The plant's...

09 / 03 / 2009 | Luambo David Rambuwani | Free State NBG
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Helichrysum odoratissimum

Flowers Photo B.E. van Wyk
Common names: most fragrant helichrysum (Eng.); kooigoed, kruie (Afr.); imphepho (Xhosa & Zulu)
Family: Asteraceae

As its name implies, this plant has a strong smell. It is widely used as a perfume, but also as an insect repellent....

27 / 12 / 2004 | N Swelankomo | Pretoria NBG
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