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Leucospermum truncatulum

Multi-colored flowerhead
Common names: oval-leaf pincushion, buxifolium, buxi (Eng.); patrysbos, kleinkopspeldekussing (Afr.) (= L. buxifolium R.Br.)
Family: Proteaceae

Leucospermum truncatulum provides form, texture and colour to the garden, with its upright stems that are neatly covered in rounded leaves, and clusters...

19 / 08 / 2013 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachnospermum imbricatum

Lachnospermum imbricatum
Common names: purple-centre everlasting (Eng.); blombossie (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

A beautiful shrub with pink or purple-centred, daisy-like flowers surrounded by a ring of white, papery bracts. Occurring in the extreme southwestern Cape,...

02 / 07 / 2018 | Karen Wall | Harold Porter NBG
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Leysera gnaphalodes

Leysera gnaphalodes flower heads Photo H. Brisse
Common names: yellow daisy tea, dune tea bush (Eng.); geelblommetjietee, duinetee, hongertee, teebos, skilpadtee, teringtee (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Leysera gnaphalodes is a perennial aromatic shrublet with radiant yellow flowers that occurs in the winter rainfall parts of South Africa and Namibia....

22 / 08 / 2011 | B Busch | Compton Herbarium
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Limonium peregrinum

Limonium peregrinum flowers
Common names: sea lavender (Eng.); papierblom, strandroos (Afr.)
Family: Plumbaginaceae

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17 / 01 / 2011 | N Stoll | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ledebouria cooperi

Ledebouria cooperi
Common names: Cooper’s African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A widespread and common species usually associated with water or moist vegetation types, Cooper’s African Hyacinth is an attractive, small bulbous...

09 / 07 / 2018 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Liparia angustifolia

Liparia angustifolia flowers
Common names: none recorded
Family: Fabaceae

Liparia angustifolia is an elusive little fynbos shrub growing in the understorey of lowland fynbos vegetation. It is beautiful thanks to bright yellow...

15 / 02 / 2010 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Liparia hirsuta

Flowers
Common names: common hard-leaved pea (Eng.); gewone hardeblaar-ertjie (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

With its silvery, hairy calyx and bright yellow flowers, Liparia hirsuta is an eye-catching plant....

02 / 06 / 2014 | L Knight | CREW
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Liparia splendens subsp. splendens

Liparia spendlens subsp.splendens
Common names: mountain dahlia, orange nodding-head (Eng.), bergdahlia, geelkoppie, skaamblom (Afr.) ( = L. sphaerica L.)
Family: Fabaceae

Liparia splendens is a beautiful fynbos shrub with striking bright orange-yellow, nodding flowerheads in winter-summer, a rare find both in the wild...

17 / 03 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lippia javanica

Flowers. Photo Geoff Nichols
Common names: fever tea, lemon bush (English); koorsbossie, beukesbossie, lemoenbossie (Afrikaans); mutswane, umsutane (Swati); inzinziniba (Xhosa); umsuzwane, umsw
Family: Verbenaceae

For the avid herb gardener with an interest in medicinal plants Lippia javanica with its dense creamy white, flower heads and aromatic leaves...

24 / 05 / 2004 | Lou-nita LeRoux | Lowveld NBG
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Litanthus pusillus

Litanthus pusilus
Common names: TomThumb hyacinth, Kleinduimpie-hiasint (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

The Tom Thumb hyacinth (Litanthus pusilus) is a dwarf bulbous plant, widespread but little known due to its size: William Harvey (1844) who first described...

09 / 02 / 2009 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Leucadendron teretifolium

Female plant showing cones
Common names: needle-leaf conebush, strawberry conebush (Eng.); waterbossie (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Rosy red cones and dense, compact growth, make Leucadendron teretifolium hard to miss, when walking in the veld....

09 / 03 / 2015 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lithops optica

Lithops optica
Common names: Lüderitz Living Stone, Lüderitz Stone Plant, Lüderitz Beeskloutjie
Family: Aizoaceae

Lithops are probably the most well known and popular member of the large succulent plant family, the Aizoaceae. They are commonly called living stones...

01 / 04 / 2002 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lithops

Lithops in flower
Common names: living stones, stone plants (Eng.); beeskloutjies, perdeklou (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Lithops are one of the most popular of all the succulents. These fat, cheeky little succulents plants have been grown for decades by amateur and professional...

25 / 07 / 2005 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Lachenalia corymbosa

Lachenalia corymbosa
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia corymbosa is one of five  brightly coloured, bulbous geophytes, which were previously in the genus Polyxena, but have now been included...

14 / 04 / 2003 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lithops olivacea

Lithops olivacea
Common names: stone plant (Eng.); beeskloutjie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Lithops species are probably amongst the most well-camouflaged and cryptic plants in the world. Their common name, stone plant, is particularly apt, as...

16 / 06 / 2003 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lobelia aquaemontis

Lobelia aquaemontis at Kirstenbosch
Common names: Waterberg lobelia
Family: Lobeliaceae

Flowering with masses of sky-blue flowers, this delicate little lobelia gives a lovely display for many months in summer....

02 / 04 / 2007 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lobelia

Lobelia erinus
Family: Lobeliaceae

A large cosmopolitan genus of many garden ornamentals of which the popular Lobelia erinus is one of the sixty-nine species native to South Africa....

29 / 11 / 2004 | C Cupido | Compton Herbarium
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Lampranthus amoenus

Dazzling display of flowers
Common names: Darling lampranthus, Darling vygie
Family: Aizoaceae

A robust and reliable succulent shrub that gives a dazzling display of pink/mauve flowers in spring....

16 / 03 / 2015 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lobelia anceps

Lobelia anceps groundcover
Common names: angled lobelia, swamp lobelia
Family: Lobeliaceae

If you are looking for an attractive groundcover for a wet or boggy area, the swamp lobelia could be the perfect plant for you!...

23 / 05 / 2011 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Lobelia jasionoides

Flowers
Common names: No well known common name.
Family: Lobeliaceae

This charming, herbaceous, perennial groundcover with masses of tiny lilac and white flowers is suited to light shady places but will also grow in full...

11 / 11 / 2013 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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