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Conophytum calculus subsp. calculus

In flower in habitat
Common names: cone plants, dumplings, button plants, sphaeroids, conos; knopies (buttons), toontjies (little toes), waterblasies (water blisters) (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

These humorous-looking `pebble plants' are easy to grow in pots and their unusual night-time opening flowers have a delightfully spicy scent....

19 / 05 / 2014 | S-l Hutchinson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cleretum bellidiforme

Cleretum bellidiforme in cultivation (Graham Duncan).
Common names: Buckbay-vygie, Livingstone Bokbayfig, Livingstone Daisy (Eng.); bokbaaivygie, sandvygie, skilpadkos, ysplant (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Cleretum bellidiforme, previously Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, is one of South Africa’s most famous wildflower exports, grown worldwide for its dazzling,...

23 / 10 / 2017 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Conophytum ficiforme

Plants in flower
Common names: button plants (Eng.); knopies (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Conophytums, these peculiar gems with their highly reduced leaves and exposed surfaces, and with flowers resembling miniature shaving brushes, have fascinated...

28 / 01 / 2013 | Shireen Harris | Karoo Desert NBG
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Conophytum wettsteinii

Flowering in autumn
Common names: cone plant, dumplings, button plants (Eng.); knopies (buttons), toontjies (little toes), waterblasies (water blisters), ogies (small eyes) (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Conophytum wettsteinii are highly collectable, easy to grow, dwarf-cushioned succulents that produce attractive pink flowers in autumn....

19 / 05 / 2014 | A Jakoet | Compton Herbarium
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Cordia caffra

Cordia fruits
Common names: septee saucer-berry (Eng.); septeeboom (Afr.); mududa (V)
Family: Boraginaceae

Why this breathtaking tree is so rarely used in the horticultural and landscape trade is a mystery. It possesses almost all the qualities of the ideal...

20 / 10 / 2003 | Nick Klapwijk | Pretoria NBG
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Cordyla africana

Flowers
Common names: sunbird tree (Eng.); wildemango (Afr.); iGowane-elikhulu, umbhone (Zulu)
Family: Fabaceae

Did you know that Africa has its own mango? Although the fruit is not as big and tasty as the exotic one and it belongs to a different family, it is extremely...

26 / 06 / 2006 | Jean Meyer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Cotula sericea

Cotula sericea
Common names: silky cotula, buttons (Eng.); knoppies (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

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12 / 04 / 2010 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotyledon barbeyi

Cotyledon barbeyi
Common names: bushveld cotyledon (Eng.); plakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

This is an easy to grow succulent plant with attractive shiny red flowers....

16 / 07 / 2001 | Thompson T Mutshinyalo | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Chironia laxa

Chronia laxa
Common names: Cape centaury, wild centaury (Eng.); bitterwortel (Afr.)
Family: Gentianaceae

This is a delightful plant, with shiny, bright pink, star-shaped flowers that are produced in abundance throughout the summer months, ideal for a sunny...

07 / 03 / 2016 | Nomama Mei | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotyledon orbiculata

Cotyledon orbiculata
Common names: pig's ears, cotyledon (Eng.); plakkie, platjies, varkoorblare, varkoor, kouterie (Afr.); imphewula (isiXhosa); ipewula (isiZulu)
Family: Crassulaceae

This fast-growing succulent is well known to gardeners, forms a low shrub and adds colour to the winter garden. Forms with handsome grey leaves provide...

15 / 03 / 2004 | Shireen Harris | Free State NBG
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Cotyledon pendens

A flowering branch of Cotyledon pendens
Common names: cliff cotyledon (Eng.); kransplakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Cotyledon pendens is a rare succulent shrublet with hanging branches and flowers, only known from sheer cliff faces along the Bashe River in the Eastern...

17 / 08 / 2009 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Craibia zimmermannii

Craibia zimmermannii
Common names: sandforest craibia, peawood (Eng.); sandertjiehout (Afr.); umBambalwenyoka, umPhungwane (isiZulu) SA National Tree List no.: 229
Family: Fabaceae

Are you looking for an unusual smallish tree with spectacular flowers for that special place in a small, warm garden? Look no further: Craibia zimmermannii...

01 / 05 / 2006 | Hugh Glen | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Chironia krebsii

Chironia krebsii (Nick Helme)
Common names: Kreb’s chironia (Eng.); khomoeasephatla, mamorolane, mosia (Sesotho); umanqunduswazi, umbangwangwa (isiZulu)
Family: Gentianaceae

A beautiful perennial with striking pink flowers with prominent yellow anthers....

20 / 11 / 2017 | Nomama Mei | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula arborescens

Crassula arborescens
Common names: tree crassula (Eng.); beestebal (Afr.); Umchobozovithi (Swazi)
Family: Crassulaceae

Unlike most crassulas which are relatively small succulent plants, Crassula arborescens is an outstanding, squat, succulent tree that is easily recognizable...

22 / 10 / 2007 | Werner Voigt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotyledon gloeophylla

Cotyledon gloeophylla
Common names: sticky-leaved cotyledon (Eng.); taaiblaarplakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Cotyledon gloeophylla is an exciting, recently discovered species from the Kouga Dam near Patensie in the Eastern Cape; it is a shrublet with decorative,...

14 / 03 / 2016 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula atropurpurea

Crassula atropupurea
Common names: purple crassula (Eng.); persplakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula atropurpurea is a small, hardy, succulent plant that is ideally suited to container cultivation....

08 / 08 / 2005 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Crassula dejecta

Flower heads
Common names: doily crassula (Eng.); klipblom (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula dejecta has decorative, fresh green foliage and showy white summer flowers, a good ground cover for the water-wise garden and a rewarding...

14 / 01 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula multicava

Crassula multicava
Common names: fairy crassula, pitted crassula (Eng.); feetjie crassula, skaduplakkie (Afr.); umadinsane (Zulu)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassulas are often small, curiously formed plants that are favourites for succulent collectors. Crassula multicava is one of those plants that can be...

10 / 10 / 2005 | Werner Voigt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula ovata

A mass of pink flowers
Common names: kerky bush, jade plant, pink joy (Eng.); beestebul, kerkij, kerky, plakkies (Afr.); t'karkai (Khoi); umxhalagube (X) (= Crassula argentea, C. portula
Family: Crassulaceae

This is probably the most commonly grown crassula in South Africa and well-known as a container plant all over the world, both indoors and outdoors....

16 / 05 / 2005 | Christien Malan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula alpestris

Crassula alpestris
Common names: None found. Suggest: sand-coated crassula
Family: Crassulaceae

A unique and intriguing dwarf succulent from the Crassula family with the curious ability to cover itself in sand....

19 / 11 / 2012 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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