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Protea repens

Protea repens
Common names: sugarbush, common sugarbush, real sugarbush, honey protea (Eng.), suikerbos, stroopbos, opregtesuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea repens is an excellent addition to any wildlife-friendly garden as the large amount of nectar produced by the flowers attracts birds, bees and other...

03 / 06 / 2002 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haemanthus albiflos

Haemanthus albiflos in conservatory at Kirstenbosch
Common names: paint brush; poeierkwas
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Haemanthus albiflos is the best known of the three evergreen species of Haemanthus and with its handsome leaves, long flowering season and red berries...

10 / 06 / 2002 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Leucosidea sericea

Flowers of Leucosidea sericea
Common names: oldwood (Eng.); ouhout (Afr.); umtshitshi (Zulu); isidwadwa, umyityi (Xhosa); mosino (N. Sotho); munyonga-tshifumbu (Venda)
Family: Rosaceae

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10 / 06 / 2002 | Marc Stern | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Diastella proteoides

Diastella proteoides: Photo Nigel Foreshaw
Common names: Flats' Silkypuff
Family: Proteaceae

This dainty member of the protea family is threatened with extinction as its habitat disappears....

17 / 06 / 2002 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Dietes bicolor

Dietes bicolor in the foreground
Common names: yellow wild iris, peacock flower (Eng.); uintjie, poublom (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

With its unusual flowers, attractive shape and ease of cultivation, the yellow wild iris is a versatile garden plant....

17 / 06 / 2002 | Marc Stern | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Diospyros whyteana

Diospyros whyteana at Kirstenbosch
Common names: bladder-nut, blackbark (Eng.); swartbas (Afr.); mohlatsane (NS); munyavhili (V); umTenatane(X); uManzimane or umKahze(Z)
Family: Ebenaceae

This enticing little tree has so many wonderful features: dark green, strikingly glossy leaves; creamy fragrant flowers; unusual smooth, dark grey, almost...

24 / 06 / 2002 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Heteropyxis natalensis

Heteropyxis natalensis
Common names: Lavender tree, Laventelboom (A), iNkunzi (Z)
Family: Heteropyxidaceae

This is an attractive small tree suitable for townhouse gardens...

24 / 06 / 2002 | Mhlonishwa D Dlamini | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Sterculia murex

Immature fruits of S.murex.
Common names: lowveld chestnut(E), laeveld kastaiing (A) umbhaba (Swazi), mohlatsane (N Sotho)
Family: Malvaceae

It is not only the beauty of the flowers that creates interest in this tree, but also the unique appearance of its fruit and the lovely, palmately compound...

01 / 07 / 2002 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Strelitzia nicolai

S.nicolai
Common names: Natal wild banana, (E); Natalse wildepiesang (A); isigude, igceba, inkamanga (Z); ikhamanga, isigude, isigceba (X).
Family: Strelitziaceae

This is a tall, striking foliage plant related to the well-known Crane Flower, Strelitzia reginae....

01 / 07 / 2002 | Samson Moeketsi Letsela | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Dimorphotheca sinuata

Dimorphotheca sinuata
Common names: Namaqualand daisy, African daisy (Eng.); gousblom, jakkalsblom (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

This showy annual creates sheets of brilliant orange when it flowers in Namaqualand in early spring, drawing visitors from near and far. It is a member...

08 / 07 / 2002 | Mhlonishwa D Dlamini | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Helichrysum populifolium

Helichrysum populifolium
Common names: Poplar helichrysum
Family: Asteraceae

Helichrysum populifolium is a shade-loving shrub with very attractive grey foliage....

08 / 07 / 2002 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Alberta magna

Alberta magna
Common names: Natal flame bush (Eng), Breekhout (Afr) uMabophe, isiQalaba (Xhosa), iGibampondo, umCumane (Zulu)
Family: Rubiaceae

This is a very impressive indigenous shrub or tree, especially when in flower or fruit. Alberta magna is not only treasured by tree collectors and gardeners...

12 / 07 / 2002 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nemesia fruticans

N.fruticans with Asparagus sp. foliage
Common names: Cape snapdragon, mauve nemesia (Eng.) leeubekkie, maagpynblommetjie, witleeubekkie, wildeleeubekkie (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

This dainty, long-flowering perennial is a charming addition to the summer garden, but what is commonly sold in nurseries as Nemesia fruticans may be due...

15 / 07 / 2002 | Samson Moeketsi Letsela | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Salvia africana-lutea

Salvia africana-lutea
Common names: golden sage, beach sage, dune sage, sand sage (Eng.); bruinsalie, sandsalie, strandsalie, geelblomsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Salvia africana-lutea is an aromatic hardy shrub with unusually coloured flowers borne over a long period. It is fairly fast-growing, up to 2 m, and...

15 / 07 / 2002 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cyrtanthus mackenii

Ifafa lilies
Common names: ifafa Lily
Family: Amaryllidaceae

This charming, sweetly scented bulb is long-flowering and easy to cultivate. It belongs to the genus Cyrtanthus which contains many beautiful species.Cyrtanthus...

22 / 07 / 2002 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Jamesbrittenia grandiflora

Jamesbrittenia grandiflora
Common names: Wild phlox (= Sutera grandiflora)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Many people want to know what this stunning plant is when they first see it....

22 / 07 / 2002 | Mhlonishwa D Dlamini | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Cyrtanthus

Cyrtanthus elatus
Family: Amaryllidaceae

The genus Cyrtanthus contains many exceptionally beautiful species. The best known is the scarlet form of Cyrtanthus elatus, commonly known...

22 / 07 / 2002 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma mucronulata

Agathosma mucronulata
Common names: prickly buchu (Eng.), stekelboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Agathosma mucronulata is an attractive evergreen aromatic shrub, belonging to the Rutaceae family. This family also includes the Cape chestnut, Calodendrum...

29 / 07 / 2002 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

Common names: Buckbay-vygie, Livingstone Bokbayfig, Livingstone Daisy (Eng.); bokbaaivygie, sandvygie, skilpadkos, ysplant (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

 See Cleretum bellidiforme ...

29 / 07 / 2002 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Kniphofia species

Red-hot pokers are not always red!
Common names: red-hot poker or torch lily (English), vuurpyl (Afrikaans)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Red-hot pokers are grown in temperate gardens around the world. Ranging in colour from reds, oranges through yellow to lime green and cream, numerous cultivars...

05 / 08 / 2002 | Marc Stern | Walter Sisulu NBG
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