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Chasmanthe aethiopica

Chasmanthe aethiopica
Common names: small chasmanthe, small cobra lily (Eng.); suurkanolpypie, klein piempiempie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

This attractive species is one of the earliest of the Cape bulbs to flower, its spikes of orange, tubular flowers providing welcome interest to the winter...

21 / 02 / 2005 | John Manning | Compton Herbarium
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Chasmanthe bicolor

Chasmanthe bicolor
Common names: red-and-green cobra lily, two-colour chasmanthe (Eng.), suurkanol, suurkanolpypie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

Chasmanthe bicolor is a highly ornamental garden subject, which stands out from the other two species in this genus. It is one of three species in the...

21 / 04 / 2008 | Bernard Brown | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chasmanthe floribunda 'Duckittii'

Chasmanthe floribunda 'Duckittii'
Common names: yellow cobra lily, yellow chasmanthe, Duckitt chasmanthe (Eng.); geelpiempiempie, geelkapelpypie, geelsuurkanolpypie, geelpypie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

Chasmanthe floribunda ''Duckittii' is an attractive deciduous, winter-growing, cormous geophyte with fresh green sword-shaped leaves and spikes...

16 / 07 / 2001 | Jacqueline Esau | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cheiridopsis denticulata

Cheiridopsis denticulata
Common names: t'noutsiama (Nama)
Family: Aizoaceae

Oh, it's flowering time: it's really awesome to see what mesembs look like when blooming in their natural habitat....

15 / 04 / 2013 | Stemmer Ngalo | Free State NBG
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Cheiridopsis purpurea

Cheiridopsis purpurea succulent
Common names: cheiridopsis
Family: Aizoaceae

Cheiridopsis purpurea is a small succulent endemic to the Richtersveld in the Northern Cape, with brilliant, intense, magenta-pink flowers....

02 / 04 / 2012 | Lize Wolfaardt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Chironia baccifera

Christmas berries ripening
Common names: Christmas berry (Eng.); aambeibossie, bitterbossie (Afr.)
Family: Gentianaceae

Chironia baccifera is not only a highly ornamental plant, but also one that has many medicinal uses even though it is poisonous to stock....

05 / 04 / 2004 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Chaetacanthus setiger

Theis plant is now  known as Dyschoriste setigera...

31 / 03 / 2014 | | Harold Porter NBG
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Chironia linoides

Chironia linoides
Common names: Cape centaury, bitterwortel (Afrikaans)
Family: Gentianaceae

Flowering during the warm summer months, usually from Christmas until late February, Chironia linoides adds splashes of colour to the garden. The plants...

13 / 01 / 2003 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chlorophytum comosum

Plants
Common names: hen-and-chickens, spider plant (Eng.); hen-en-kuikens (Afr.); iphamba (Zulu)
Family: Agavaceae

Chlorophytum comosum is a perennial lily-like plant with tuberous roots, bearing spreading to recurved soft leaves from a central rosette and an elongated...

05 / 11 / 2012 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chlorophytum saundersiae

Plant in flower
Common names: weeping anthericum (Eng.); watergras (Afr.)
Family: Agavaceae

Chlorophytum saundersiae is a popular garden plant and is used extensively by landscape gardeners. It has a pleasing grass-like appearance making it a...

13 / 05 / 2013 | A Johannsmeier | Pretoria NBG
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Cichorium intybus

Cichorium intybus
Common names: blue dandelion, chicory (Eng.); sigorei (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Most people will only admire this pretty, blue-flowered weed along roads and in abandoned fields and not know its other useful properties. Although mostly...

19 / 06 / 2017 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Cineraria saxifraga

Cineraria saxifraga
Common names: wild cineraria; geelblom
Family: Asteraceae

Cineraria saxifraga, with its delicate foliage and bright yellow flowers, is a rewarding and versatile plant for the garden....

18 / 03 / 2002 | Ebrahim Lawrence | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Citrullus lanatus

Fruits
Common names: tsamma melon, wild watermelon (Eng.); bitterboela, bitterwaatlemoen, karkoer (Afr.); t'sama (Khoisan); makataan (Tswana)
Family: Cucurbitaceae

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26 / 12 / 2011 | M Welman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Cladostemon kirkii

Cladostemon kirkii: Photo Geoff Nichols
Common names: three-finger bush, butterfly-tree (Eng.); Tonga-kierie (Eng. & Afr.); umThekwini, umusi-iyamuka, uphanda, isidumbu (isiZulu)
Family: Brassicaceae

How is it possible that a tree with such attractive flowers should bear fruits with such an awful stench?...

07 / 05 / 2007 | Hugh Glen | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Clematis brachiata

Clematis brachiata
Common names: traveller's joy, old man's beard, wild clematis; klimop, lemoenbloeisels (Afr.); ityolo (isiXhosa); morara (S); mogau (T); umdlonzo (isiZulu)
Family: Ranunculaceae

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25 / 03 / 2002 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cleome foliosa

Cleome foliosa
Common names: Yellow glory, yellow spindlepod.
Family: Brassicaceae

Cleome foliosa is a charming annual for the water wise garden....

10 / 02 / 2014 | Anthony R. Magee | Compton Herbarium
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Cleome gynandra

Flowers
Common names: African cabbage, spider-wisp (Eng.); murudi (Venda); snotterbelletjie (Afr.); morotho (Northern Sotho)
Family: Capparaceae

African cabbage is of economic importance as it is among the herbs that are used as indigenous vegetables in rural areas of southern Africa. Analyses have...

03 / 10 / 2011 | Cathbert Makgakga | Compton Herbarium
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Clerodendron glabrum

Clerodendron glabrum
Common names: tinderwood (Eng.); moswaapeba (Sotho); tontelhout (Afr.); munukha-tshilongwe (Venda); umqwaqwanam (Xhosa); umQoqonga (Zulu); xinhunwelambeva (Tswana);
Family: Lamiaceae

This is a small tree with smelly leaves and scented flowers in summer. It has many traditional uses....

27 / 08 / 2012 | L Nenungwi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Cliffortia ferruginea

Cliffortia ferruginea
Common names: glastee, pypsteelbos, teringtee (Afr.)
Family: Rosaceae

A hardy, attractive ground cover with glossy green foliage that is so very versatile it can find a place to please in any everyone's garden....

12 / 09 / 2005 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cephalanthus natalensis

Cephalanthus natalensis
Common names: strawberry bush, tree-strawberry, quinine berry (Eng.); witaarbeibos, witpruim (Afr.); mothotwe, motlholobu (Northern Sotho); murondo, mutsanda (Tshiv
Family: Rubiaceae

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07 / 08 / 2017 | Lufuno Nenungwi | Free State NBG
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