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Ledebouria luteola

Ledebouria luteola
Common names: highveld African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Unusual in cultivation, this bulbous plant, with attractively spotted leaves, can make an interesting collector’s item or curiosity. The species...

20 / 02 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lachenalia reflexa

Lachenalia reflexa
Common names: yellow soldier
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A bulbous plant with bright yellow, urn-shaped flowers, and ascending, strap-shaped leaves; this winter-flowering plant is in danger of extinction in its...

17 / 06 / 2019 | Mpho Mathalauga | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Ledebouria pusilla

Ledebouria pusilla
Common names: Swazi African hyacinth (Eng.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This tiny bulb is the smallest of all the ledebourias in the world. Often with only one or two leaves per plant, this species is tiny in all respects....

23 / 08 / 2021 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria asperifolia

Ledebouria asperifolia, Buffelskloof Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga.
Common names: rough-leaved African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Although this species is seldom seen in cultivation, there are some very attractive forms which have beautiful markings on the leaves. It occurs over a...

06 / 03 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria concolor

Ledebouria concolor
Common names: Karoo African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A large and handsome, African hyacinth, with bright green leaves and stout semi-erect, dense flower spikes, that makes a fine pot plant. This attractive...

06 / 03 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lannea edulis var. edulis

Lannea edulis var. edulis
Common names: grape lannea, wild grape (Eng.); wildedruif (Afr.); umgabunkhomo (isiZulu); mutsambatsi (siSwati); phepo (Setswana).
Family: Anacardiaceae

A dwarf shrub, with stubby stems arising from a woody rootstock; it bears large leaves compared to the size of the plant. The fruits are edible, with a...

01 / 07 / 2019 | Fergy Nkadimeng | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Ledebouria parvifolia

Ledebouria parvifolia
Common names: elusive African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A very rare and elusive species seldom seen in its natural habitat due to its small size and remote location in the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, Mpumalanga,...

31 / 03 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria remifolia

Ledebouria remifolia
Common names: butterspoon African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A unique, dwarf, bulbous plant which produces spoon-like leaves on a long slender stalk. This small enigmatic species makes a curious container subject...

31 / 03 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria mokobulanensis

Ledebouria mokobulanensis
Common names: Mokobulan African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

An enigmatic, rare and range-restricted species from the high-altitude grasslands, on the crests of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, in Mpumalanga Province,...

31 / 03 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria comptonii

Ledebouria comptonii
Common names: Compton’s African Hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A small and attractive species which proliferates to form dense stands, with brightly coloured flowers produced en-masse in early spring. The species is...

15 / 11 / 2021 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lantana rugosa

Lantana rugosa
Common names: bird’s beer, bird’s brandy (Eng.); voëlbrandewyn, wildesalie (Afr.); sekwebetane (isiNdebele); utyani-bentaka, utywala bentaka (isiXhosa); impema
Family: Verbenaceae

From a distance, if it looks like the famous fever-tea or lemon bush plant (Lippia javanica), it is most likely Lantana rugosa. Sadly, sharing the common...

05 / 08 / 2019 | Lesiba Papo | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Leucadendron pubescens

Leucadendron pubescens
Common names: grey conebush, silky conebush (Eng.); knokkerbos, pitjiebos, knopbos, syhaartolbos, pitjieknopbos, syhaar-tolbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

A very attractive shrub with twisted, hairy leaves and large maroon-brown cones that are very noticeable in winter and spring when the plants are flowering...

22 / 11 / 2021 | Mane Somtshu | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ledebouria floribunda

Ledebouria floribunda
Common names: spotted African hyacinth (Eng.); isikholokotho (Zul.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A large and usually attractively spotted Ledebouria species; this species is one of the largest species in the entire genus....

19 / 08 / 2019 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Liparia parva

Liparia parva
Common names: small mountain dahlia, yellow nodding-head (Eng.); kleinbergdahlia, kleingeelkoppie (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

This elusive shrublet is a localized species with a restricted natural habitat. Not too many people have seen this dainty plant, which makes it extremely...

26 / 06 / 2017 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ledebouria petiolata

Ledebouria petiolata
Common names: leopard lily, little white soldiers, small snake lily (Eng.), injobo, ucibicibane (isiZulu)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This wonderful, attractive, small but hardy bulb, previously known as Drimiopsis maculata, is tolerant of neglect and fairly easy to grow, has purple,...

02 / 11 / 2015 | Jermaine Christoffels | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ledebouria coriacea

Ledebouria coriacea, each plant produces several long inflorescences.
Common names: leather-leaved African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A rare Ledebouria, restricted to a small area around Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. This relatively unknown species has attractively...

10 / 07 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lasiosiphon deserticola

Lasiosiphon deserticola 
Common names: saffron curryflower (Eng.); saffraan, saffraanbos, verfbossie, hotnotsverfbossie (Afr.)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

 An evergreen shrub with bright, ochre-yellow, night-scented flowers, which can be used to make a yellow dye....

21 / 10 / 2019 | Odwa Obose | Compton Herbarium
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Ledebouria papillata

Ledebouria papillata
Common names: Limpopo African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A miniature bulbous plant, which occurs mostly in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This dwarf species is often difficult to find because of its small size...

08 / 08 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria glauca

Ledebouria glauca
Common names: blue African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A rare and relatively unknown species of African hyacinth from the hot and semi-arid regions of South Africa. This unusual species is very distinctive...

23 / 08 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lapeirousia jacquinii

Lapeirousia jacquinii
Common names: harlequin cabong, purple cabong, Jacquin's lapeirousia, purple corn-lily, wild violet (Eng.); kabong, paletblaar, rukkeperdjie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

A small plant with vibrant purple, white and reddish flowers, best enjoyed at close quarters. It is perfectly suited for pots in small spaces, grows easily...

04 / 04 / 2022 | Natasha Lombard | National Herbarium Pretoria
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