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Acokanthera oblongifolia

Acokanthera oblongifolia
Common names: dune poison-bush (Eng.), duinegifboom, gewone gifboom (Afr.) inhlungunyembe, ubuhlungu-benyoka, umhlangashiso (isiZulu), intlungunyembe, inxinebe (isi
Family: Apocynaceae

Beautiful white and sweetly scented flowers followed by large, red to purple fruits which turn purple-red to black when mature, but an extremely poisonous...

31 / 07 / 2017 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma gonaquensis

Agathosma gonaquensis
Common names: Gonaqua buchu (Eng.), Hottentotsboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This leafy shrub is compact, low-growing and displays masses of white flowers during spring. The oil glands found on the leaves and fruit release a sweet...

11 / 09 / 2006 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe mudenensis

Aloe mudenensis
Common names: Muden aloe; kleinaalwyn (Afr.); icena (IsiZulu)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe mudenensis is one of the most attractive species of spotted aloes, endemic to Muden and Karkloof in KwaZulu-Natal....

24 / 11 / 2014 | Ntokoza Nkosi | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Agathosma imbricata

Agathosma imbricata
Common names: sand buchu (Eng.); sandboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This sweetly scented shrublet is a real gem which not only copes with a variety of soil-types and conditions, but also provides a magical splash of colour...

17 / 10 / 2011 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agave americana

Agave americana
Common names: American agave, American aloe, century plant (Eng.); Amerikaanse aalwee, Amerikaanse aalwyn, blou-aalwee, blougaringboom, gareboom, kaalgaarboom, maka
Family: Agavaceae

Century plants are popular ornamental plants that are native to Central America, southern North and northern South America. Agave americana is no exception...

14 / 08 / 2017 | Cynthia Mikateko Baloyi | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Agathosma lanceolata

Agathosma lanceolata
Common names: Honey Buchu (E); Heuningboegoe (A)
Family: Rutaceae

Gently crush the leaves of this buchu and you will discover its liquorice scent. Interesting....

23 / 04 / 2001 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma capensis

Image of Agathosma capensis
Common names: buchu (Eng.); anysboegoe, steenbokboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Agathosma capensis is a variable shrub with either hairy or glabrous (hairless) leaves. Flower colour ranges from mauve, pink to white or a bluish purple....

04 / 08 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | 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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Agathosma ovata 'Kluitjieskraal'

A.ovata 'Kluitjieskraal'
Common names: Kluitjieskraal false buchu (E); Kluitjieskraalbasterboegoe (A)
Family: Rutaceae

Agathosma ovata is a variable shrub and occurs from the Western Cape up into KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho. It is commonly known as the false buchu. 'Kluitjieskraal'...

25 / 06 / 2001 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma serpyllacea

Flowers
Common names: thyme buchu (Eng.), wildeboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This pink, white or purple flowered buchu is an eye-catcher in a pot or in the garden when flowering....

13 / 08 / 2012 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe varimaculata

Aloe varimaculata
Common names: Humpata aloe (Eng.); Humpata-aalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

A small shrubby aloe with rosettes of beautifully mottled, recurved leaves with fairly large, sharply pointed teeth, and orange-reddish flowers with yellowish...

28 / 08 / 2017 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia

Albizia adianthifolia var. adianthifolia
Common names: flat-crown albizia, rough-bark flat-crown, West African albizia (Eng.); platkroon (Afr.); umgadankawu, iGowane, umNalahanga, umNebelele, uSolu (Zulu);
Family: Fabaceae

Are you looking for a fabulous shade tree, rich in a unique cultural history and adored by elephants and butterflies alike? Then look no further than the...

22 / 01 / 2007 | Alicia Krige | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Albuca batteniana

Flowers of Albuca batteniana
Common names: Wild Coast albuca
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Albuca batteniana is not a commonly known garden plant, but a collector's jewel and specialist species. Albucas, as can be seen from the photograph,...

08 / 08 / 2005 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Albuca nelsonii

Flowers of A.nelsonii: Geoff Nichols' copyright
Common names: Nelson's slime lily (Eng.), umaphipha (Zulu), intelezi (Xhosa). = Ornithogalum nelsonii (N.E.Br.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Albuca nelsonii may be found in specialist collections but it is not often seen in gardens. Yet, as this illustration shows, it has attractive flowers,...

12 / 10 / 2007 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Alepidea amatymbica

Alepidea amatymbica©G.Nichols
Common names: larger tinsel flower (Eng.); kalmoes (Afr.); Iqwili (isiXhosa); ikhathazo (isiZulu)
Family: Apiaceae

This would be a dream plant for every herbalist to have near at hand, as it is an important component of the healer's pharmacy....

26 / 05 / 2003 | Siyabulela Nonjinge | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Allophylus dregeanus

Allophylus dregeanus leaves and flowers
Common names: forest false currant, simple-leaved false currant, forest bastard currant (Eng.); bosbastertaaibos, enkelblaarvalstaaibos, enkelblaarbastertaaibos (Af
Family: Sapindaceae

Allophylus dregeanus, found in the evergreen forest, will greet you with its sweetly scented flowers, surrounded by beautiful butterflies....

06 / 08 / 2012 | Hannelie Snyman | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe genus

Common names: aloe (English); aalwyn (Afrikaans); aalwee (Afrikaans; Dutch); hlaba, lekhala (Southern Sotho); icena (Ndebele); imboma (Zulu).
Family: Asphodelaceae

With their usually spiny leaves arranged in neat rosettes, and tall candle-like inflorescences in predominantly red and vibrant orange hues, aloes are...

22 / 11 / 2010 | Ronell R. Klopper | Biosystematics
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Aloe africana

Aloe africana
Common names: African aloe
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe africana is a very attractive aloe which adapts to a wide range of conditions. Aloes are characteristic of the African continent where most species...

20 / 09 / 2004 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe albida

Aloe albida inflorescence
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe albida is a dwarf aloe with small white flowers. This species likes misty mountain grassland habitats and thrives in crevices amongst mossy rocks...

06 / 02 / 2006 | Leigh Potter | TSP
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Aloe arborescens

Common names: krantz aloe (English), kransaalwyn (Afrikaans), ikalene (Xhosa), inkalane or umhlabana (Zulu)
Family: Asphodelaceae

The krantz aloe is a valuable garden asset, it has large beautiful flowers, attractive foliage, decorative form, and it is easy to grow. It is also a 'must-have'...

24 / 05 / 2004 | Andrew Hankey | Kirstenbosch NBG
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