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Cyperus textilis

Baskets made of Cyperus textilis
Common names: mat sedge, umbrella sedge, basket grass, rushes, emezi grass (Eng.); matjiesgoed, kooigoed, (Afr.); imisi (Xhosa)
Family: Cyperaceae

This is a decorative waterside plant that can also be used to weave baskets and sleeping mats or to make rolled twine....

26 / 05 / 2003 | Christien Malan | Kirstenbosch 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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Restio multiflorus

Restio multiflorus
Family: Restionaceae

This is a very attractive, dense, upright, tufted plant that can be used as an accent plant or to provide a grass-like accent in a mixed border or fynbos...

02 / 06 / 2003 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia viridiflora

Lachenalia viridiflora
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia viridiflora is a most appealing autumn- and winter-flowering bulbous plant, growing up to 200 mm high. Its startling turquoise blooms place...

09 / 06 / 2003 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Witsenia maura

Witsenia maura. Photo J Manning
Common names: Bokmakierie's tail (Eng.); waaiertjie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

This plant is one of the most striking woody iris shrubs; very different from the familiar herbaceous genera such as the Iris and Gladiolus, but equally...

09 / 06 / 2003 | Antonia Xaba | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica patersonii

Erica patersonia
Common names: mielie heath (Eng.); mielieheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

This is one of a number of erica species that are threatened by urban expansion and farming practices....

16 / 06 / 2003 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lithops olivacea

Lithops olivacea
Common names: stone plant (Eng.); beeskloutjie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Lithops species are probably amongst the most well-camouflaged and cryptic plants in the world. Their common name, stone plant, is particularly apt, as...

16 / 06 / 2003 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Combretum microphyllum

Combretum microphyllum
Common names: flame creeper
Family: Combretaceae

This is a spectacular creeper providing a spring spectacle of flaming crimson, flowering splendour. It is an excellent plant to fill the gaps in larger...

23 / 06 / 2003 | Y Reynolds | Lowveld NBG
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Widdringtonia cedarbergensis

Widdringtonia cedarbergensis in habitat
Common names: Clanwilliam cedar, Cape cedar (Eng.); Clanwilliamseder, sederboom (Afr.)
Family: Cupressaceae

The Cederberg* region was named after the Clanwilliam cedar, which used to be a prominent feature of the Cederberg but which today is a rare sight. They...

23 / 06 / 2003 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Combretum erythrophyllum

Flowers
Common names: river bushwillow (Eng.), riviervaderlandswilg, rooiblaar, rooiblad (Afr.), umbondwe, umdubu-wehlandze, umhlalavane (Zulu), umdubu (Xhosa), miavana, mo
Family: Combretaceae

One of the winged wonders belonging to the bushwillow family, this medium-sized tree is a fast grower, producing creamy flowers and beautiful 4-winged...

30 / 06 / 2003 | Lou-nita LeRoux | Lowveld NBG
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Aloidendron barberae

Aloidendron barberae in Kirstenbosch
Common names: tree aloe (Eng.); boomaalwyn, mikaalwyn (Afr.); ikhala (Xhosa); umgxwala, indlabendlazi, impondonndo, inkalane-enkulu (Zulu)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloidendron barberae is a striking sculptural tree aloe bearing a rounded, neat crown.  It was previously known as Aloe barberae.  It forms an...

30 / 06 / 2003 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Combretum kraussii

Fruit of Combretum kraussii:©G.Nichols
Common names: forest bushwillow (Eng.), bosvaderlandswilg (Afr.), uhwabhu, umdubu-wehlathi (Zulu), ulandile (Xhosa), imbondvo-lemhlophe, umdvubu (Swazi), modlubu (N
Family: Combretaceae

Handsome, quick growing and reasonably cold resistant, this tree is recommended for shady areas in gardens with a mild to warm climate....

07 / 07 / 2003 | Lou-nita LeRoux | Lowveld NBG
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Agathosma crenulata

Agathosma crenulata and bee
Common names: buchu, long-leaf buchu (Eng.); boegoe, langblaar boegoe, regteboegoe, anysboegoe (Afr.); buchu (Khoi); ibuchu (Xhosa)
Family: Rutaceae

This is one of the true buchus, long used medicinally. The volatile oils in the glands dotting the leaves and fruit emit an easily recognizable buchu fragrance...

07 / 07 / 2003 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Serruria cyanoides

Serruria cynaroides.Photo Protea Atlas
Common names: Wynberg spiderhead (Eng.); spinnekopbossie (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

The genus Serruria is one of the genera of the protea family, and is found only in the Cape Floral Kingdom. ...

14 / 07 / 2003 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe microstigma

Aloe microstigma
Common names: Karoo aloe, small-spotted aloe (Eng.); karoo-aalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe microstigma is one of the most floriferous aloes in South Africa. It is a common and widespread species that transforms the dull winter landscape...

14 / 07 / 2003 | Werner Voigt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Lampranthus aureus

Lampranthus aureus
Common names: golden vygie (Eng.), gouevygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

One of the most colourful succulent plants is undoubtedly the beautiful bright orange Lampranthus aureus. It is one of the 'must-have' plants for...

21 / 07 / 2003 | Werner Voigt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Rhodocoma foliosa

Rhodocoma foliosa
Common names: Mikado stems (Eng.); kort Langeberg riet (Afr.)
Family: Restionaceae

This is an unusual member of the reed family with lots of fine 'leafy' parts shoots and decorative, arching stems, suitable for planting in groups...

21 / 07 / 2003 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica perspicua

Erica perspicua
Common names: Prince of Wales heath (Eng.); veerheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

The Kogelberg Biosphere is well known for its plant diversity, with ericas being plentiful, amongst them  Erica perspicua,  one of the most well...

28 / 07 / 2003 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Tulista pumila

Tulista pumila
Common names: miniature aloe, pearl plant (Eng.); vratjiesaalwyn, kleinaalwyn, seepaalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

This water-wise, small aloe-like plant with warty white tubercles on the leaves makes a very interesting coffee table plant. It was previously known as...

28 / 07 / 2003 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Elegia equisetacea

Elegia equisetacea
Family: Restionaceae

This is an attractive reed-like plant with large, golden seed heads forming a bright patch in a garden where it will dance and whisper in the wind....

04 / 08 / 2003 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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