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Notobubon capense

Flowers attract insects
Common names: bush parsley ( Eng. ); bergseldery (Afr.)
Family: Apiaceae

Although it belongs to the family containing edible members such as the carrot, and the herbs fennel and dill, this particular species would not find its...

31 / 07 / 2006 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Nymphoides thunbergiana

Nymphoides thunbergiana
Common names: floating hearts (Eng.), geelwaterlelie (Afr.), marombodane (Venda)
Family: Menyanthaceae

This is a pretty, fast-growing, perennial water plant with flat, rounded, floating leaves, and delicate white and yellow flowers in summer. It makes a...

15 / 09 / 2003 | Alice Aubrey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Nemesia fruticans

N.fruticans with Asparagus sp. foliage
Common names: mauve nemesia (E) Wildeleeubekkie (A)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

This dainty, long-flowering perennial is a charming addition to the summer garden, but what is commonly sold in nurseries as Nemesia fruticans may be due...

15 / 07 / 2002 | Samson Moeketsi Letsela | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Nemesia strumosa

Nemesia strumosa
Common names: nemesia, balsa mienie, leeubekkie, rooileeubekkie (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

This striking annual comes in yellow, orange, pink, cream, red, mauve or white, and on its own it is capable of creating a riot of colours so typical of...

08 / 10 / 2012 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nemesia suaveolens

Nemesia suaveolens
Common names: None recorded  
Family: Scrophulariaceae

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07 / 01 / 2013 | J Ready | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Nephrotheca ilicifolia

Flower,  buds  and leaves.  Photo Tony Rebelo
Common names: None recorded
Family: Asteraceae

This aromatic shrub is a good addition to a fynbos garden....

21 / 10 / 2013 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nerine filifolia

Nerine filifolia
Common names: grass-leaved nerine (Eng.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

This floriferous summer-growing plant produces delicate, bright pink flowers which bring a magnificent colourful display to your garden towards the end...

16 / 01 / 2012 | Paul Herman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Nerine humilis

Nerine humilis
Common names: dwarf nerine (Eng.); seeroogblom, berglelie (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Nerine humilis is a very floriferous, bulbous plant. The flower colour varies from almost white to deep pink, and the petals have distinctive,...

26 / 04 / 2004 | Werner Voigt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Nerine laticoma

Nerine laticoma
Common names: vleilelie, gifbol, jeukui, seeroogblom (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

This is a summer-growing Nerine, one of a genus of beautiful geophytes endemic to southern Africa....

06 / 10 / 2003 | Shireen Harris | Free State NBG
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Nerine masoniorum

Nerine masoniorum
Common names: Masons' nerine, Transkei lily
Family: Amaryllidaceae

A bulbous plant with a profusion of pink flowers, Nerine masoniorum is ideally suited to cultivation in pots and window-boxes. ...

10 / 03 / 2003 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nerine sarniensis

Nerine sarniensis
Common names: Guernsey lily, red nerine, berglelie
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Nerine sarniensis is widely considered to be the most beautiful of all the nerines....

15 / 04 / 2002 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nerine undulata

Nerine undulata
Common names: nerine (Eng.); seeroogblom, berglelie (Afr.) (= Nerine alta W.F.Barker)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Nerine undulata is native to the Eastern Cape Province. It is almost evergreen and produces very dainty, soft pink, spider-like flowers which can give...

01 / 08 / 2011 | Stemmer Ngalo | Free State NBG
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Nerine krigei

Nerine krigei has distinctive erect, spirally twisted leaves (Georg Fritz)
Common names: corkskrew nerine, curly leaved nerine (Eng.); draaiblaar nerine (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

A marvellous bulbous plant that is characterized by distinctive erect, spirally twisted leaves....

06 / 02 / 2017 | Thato Moeketsane | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Nerine gibsonii

Nerine gibsonii
Common names: Gibson's nerine
Family: Amaryllidaceae

This attractive, autumn- and winter-flowering bulb from the Eastern Cape is one of twenty-five Nerine species, all of which are endemic to southern...

10 / 05 / 2004 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nestlera biennis

Nestlera biennis
Common names: None known
Family: Asteraceae

Nestlera biennis is a small, nondescript and short-lived plant with a very specific habitat on the west coast of South Africa. Although not showy...

03 / 02 / 2014 | Nicola Bergh | Compton Herbarium
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Nivenia corymbosa

Nivenia corymbosa
Common names: blue stars (Eng.); blousterretjie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

This attractive shrublet, with striking blue flowers in late summer at the Cape, is an unusual member of the iris family....

12 / 04 / 2004 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nivenia stokoei

Nivenia stokoei
Common names: blue stars (Eng.), blousterretjie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

The Kogelberg Biosphere is home to many wonderful indigenous plants, among them Nivenia stokoei. With its clusters of blue flowers, it is one of the most...

24 / 03 / 2003 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Notobubon galbanum

Notobubon galbanum shrub
Common names: blister bush (Eng.); bergseldery, wilde seldery, droëdas (Afr.)
Family: Apiaceae

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05 / 04 / 2010 | Anthony Magee | Compton Herbarium
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Nuxia congesta

Nuxia congesta flower heads
Common names: common wild elder, brittle wood (Eng.); gewone wildevlier (Afr.); umKhobesza (Xhosa); isiPhofane (Zulu)
Family: Buddlejaceae

Nuxia congesta is a winter-flowering evergreen tree or shrub with beautiful large heads of small, scented, long-lasting white or cream flowers. It...

07 / 02 / 2011 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Nuxia floribunda

Flowerhead of Nuxia floribunda
Common names: forest elder; forest nuxia; wild elder (Eng.); bosvlier; vlier (Afr.); umHlambandlazi, iThambo, ingobese, isanywana, umKhobeza (Zulu); iNgqota, isiKha
Family: Buddlejaceae

The forest elder is an attractive, moisture-loving, floriferous tree and it makes a conspicuous feature in the forest patches it commonly inhabits....

16 / 08 / 2004 | Jan-Hakon Burring | Kirstenbosch NBG
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