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Euryops linearis

Euryops linearis
Common names: De Hoop euryops (Eng.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops linearis is a showy, easy-to-grow, tall shrub, covered with bright yellow daisies in spring....

31 / 12 / 2012 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euryops muirii

Euryops muirii shrublet
Common names: limestone euryops (Eng.); strandharpuis (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops muirii is a very special species that is restricted to the limestone in and around Still Bay. It has a very limited distribution and occurs...

29 / 08 / 2011 | Ismail Ebrahim | CREW
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Euryops speciosissimus

In flower
Common names: giant resinbush, Clanwilliam euryops (Eng.); pronkharpuisbos, grootharpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

The name of this species indicates that the plant must be something special. The Latin word speciosissimus means spectacular or the showiest of all. When...

10 / 01 / 2005 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euryops tysonii

Euryops tysonii foliage and flowers
Common names: Tyson's euryops (Eng.); sehlakoana (Sesotho/Southern Sotho)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops tysonii is a lovely shrub for the garden, it has attractive foliage, showy yellow flowers all summer and an interesting upright and sprawling...

30 / 03 / 2009 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euryops virgatus

Flowers and leaves
Common names: harpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops virgatus has an extremely limited distribution area, and there are only three very small populations left, totalling a few hundred plants....

25 / 03 / 2013 | Colleen Rust | Hantam NBG
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Euphorbia groenewaldii

Euphorbia groenewaldii (Seloba Chuene)
Common names: none
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbia groenewaldii is a rare and endemic succulent from the Limpopo Province....

30 / 05 / 2016 | Lerato Hoveka | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euryops tenuissimus

Flowers
Common names: resin bush (Eng.); harpuisbos; grootharpuisbos; kortbeenharbuisbossie (subsp. trifurcatus) (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Travellers in large areas of the Western and Northern Cape will often stop during springtime to admire the stunning bright yellow flowering bushes along...

04 / 04 / 2005 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euryops virgineus

Euryops virgineus
Common names: honey euryops, river resin bush (Eng.); rivierharpuisbos, heuningmagriet (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Many collectors of South African plants have raved about this attractive plant, and J.D. Keet, who collected a specimen as early as 1918 in the Knysna...

05 / 01 / 2004 | Paul Herman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Euryops wageneri

Euryops wageneri flowers
Common names: Wagener's resin bush (Eng.); Wagener se harpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Anyone who has seen this species will agree that this is probably one of the most magnificent of all the Euryops species. It has the same visual impact...

03 / 01 / 2005 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Erica diaphana

Flowers of Erica diaphana
Common names: diaphanous heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica diaphana is a strong-growing heath from the southern Cape that brings summer colour to the fynbos garden....

26 / 01 / 2015 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica discolor

Erica discolor
Common names: two-colour heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica discolor is a very common and variable species complex that used to consist of two well-known and widespread species namely, Erica discolor and Erica...

25 / 07 / 2016 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Elegia tectorum

Elegia tectorum
Common names: Cape thatching reed, deckreed (Eng.), dakriet, dekriet (Afr.)
Family: Restionaceae

This restio makes a most attractive garden plant, and can be used for thatching....

13 / 08 / 2001 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Common names: Waterberg cycad (Eng.); bergpalm, waterberg-broodboom (Afr.); mofaka (Sepedi)
Family: Zamiaceae

This is a medium-sized to large, bluish-green cycad, which is suited to cool subtropical and temperate regions....

28 / 07 / 2014 | K w Sepheka | Pretoria NBG
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Erica 'Gengold'

Erica 'Gengold' (Peter Swart)
Common names: Gengold Heath
Family: Ericaceae

It is not often that one unearths a gem that has developed by chance. The hybridisation of two Erica species in the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden...

30 / 08 / 2000 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica sparsa var. sparsa

Erica sparsa in flower
Common names: pink-smoke heath, ker-ker
Family: Ericaceae

Erica sparsa is a free-flowering, relatively easy-to-grow, fynbos shrub that produces masses of small flowers in late summer, autumn and winter, that turn...

09 / 02 / 2015 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Eucomis humilis

Plant in flower (Nicki Brighton)
Common names: dwarf pineapple flower (Eng.); beskeie berglelie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This irresistible, remarkable Eucomis humilis is one of the miniature Eucomis species. A summer-growing bulb with wavy margined leaves and an inflorescence...

07 / 07 / 2014 | Sibahle Gumede | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Erica sociorum

Bush of Erica sociorum in flower
Common names: Noordhoek cliff heath, partner heath, companion heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica sociorum is the most localized of all Cape Peninsula endemic ericas, and only found growing in a very limited area on cliffs above Noordhoek....

23 / 02 / 2015 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euchaetis meridionalis

Euchaetis meridionalis
Common names: Agulhas bearded-buchu
Family: Rutaceae

This is an amazingly tough and hardy plant, a diehard that can last for years, and a very useful filling-type of shrub for the coastal fynbos garden....

08 / 08 / 2016 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Eriosema kraussianum

Eriosema kraussianum
Common names: pale yellow eriosema (Eng.)
Family: Fabaceae

Eriosema kraussianum is an erect, fairly small, tufted, perennial herb, with its stems covered in silvery silky hairs and with pale yellow flowers. It...

13 / 04 / 2015 | Stemmer Ngalo | Free State NBG
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Ehretia rigida

Ehretia rigida in flower. Image Geoff Nicols
Common names: puzzle bush (Eng.); deurmekaarbos (Afr.); umHlele (Zulu); Morobe (Northern Sotho); iBotshane (Xhosa); Mutepe (Venda)
Family: Boraginaceae

Ehretia rigida is a deciduous small tree or shrub, usually multi-stemmed, with an untidy rounded crown. It has tangled branches which arch downwards or...

23 / 12 / 2003 | Avhurengwi Phillemon Ndou | Walter Sisulu NBG
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