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Oplismenus hirtellus

Oplismenus hirtellus growing under tree ferns
Common names: basket grass
Family: Poaceae

An outstanding groundcover for those difficult shady areas under trees, the grass Oplismenus hirtellus makes an interesting textured carpet of deep green...

31 / 01 / 2005 | Isabel Johnson | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Orbea

Orbea hardyi
Common names: carrion flower ( Eng. ); aasblom, bokhoring (Afr.)
Family: Apocynaceae

Stapeliads are one of the most interesting groups of succulents — the diversity in shape, colour, size and smell make them an enticing group to collect...

23 / 01 / 2006 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Orbea lutea

Flowers and visiting fly
Common names: yellow carrion flower (Eng.); geelaasblom, ghaap, gwaap, aasblom, kopseerblom, slang-gwaap (Afr.).
Family: Apocynaceae

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11 / 01 / 2010 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Orbea melanantha

Orbea melanantha
Common names: short-lobed brown carrion flower, black or dark flowered caralluma (Eng.); kort-lob bruin aasblom (Afr.)
Family: Apocynaceae

A mat-forming succulent that can spread on the surface of the soil with no trace of underground rhizomes, this water-wise plant will be an excellent addition...

20 / 05 / 2019 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Ornithogalum candicans

Flowers
Common names: berg lily, summer hyacinth, Cape hyacinth (Eng.); berglelie, Kaapse hiasint (Afr.); isidwa esimhlope (Zulu)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

The summer hyacinth, with its fragrant bell-shaped flowers, is an ideal accent plant in a mixed bed and is also very suitable for cut flowers. It was previously...

21 / 11 / 2005 | Ronell R. Klopper | Pretoria NBG
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Ornithogalum conicum

Ornithogalum conicum (Graham Duncan)
Common names: chincherinchee, pure white star-of-Bethlehem (Eng.); tjienkerintjee, viooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A stunning, early summer-flowering, bulbous plant, with bright white flowers, with prominent yellow centres, in dense heads; a good pot plant, rockery...

08 / 05 / 2017 | Nomama Mei | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ornithogalum dubium

Ornithogalum dubium
Common names: yellow chincherinchee (Eng.); geeltjienkerientjee, geeltjienk (Afr.); itsweletswele lasethafeni (Xhosa)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Ornithogalum dubium is a long-blooming, showy plant with beautiful large flowers, ideal for growing in pots, and as a cut flower....

09 / 01 / 2012 | Olivia Tyambetyu | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ornithogalum saundersiae

Flowers
Common names: giant chincherinchee ( Eng. ); reuse tjienkerientjee (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

The giant chincherinchee is an attractive, easily cultivated garden plant and produces eye-catching, long-lasting flowers that are very suitable for use...

05 / 09 / 2005 | Ronell R. Klopper | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Flowerhead
Common names: chincherinchee, wonder-flower, star-of-Bethlehem (Eng.), tjienkerientjee, tjienk, wit-tjienk, viooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Showy bulbous herb of vast horticultural importance because of its long lasting flowers suitable for use as cut flowers....

26 / 12 / 2005 | Yashica Singh | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Orothamnus zeyheri

Orothamnus zeyheri
Common names: marsh rose, mountain rose (Eng.); vleiroos, bergroos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

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02 / 05 / 2016 | Nomama Mei | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Orphium frutescens

Orphium frutescens
Common names: sea-rose, sticky flower (Eng.), teringbos (Afr.)
Family: Gentianaceae

Flowering in the heat of summer the glossy pink stars of Orphium frutescens always attract attention, especially with the surrounding vegetation going...

01 / 01 / 2001 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Orthochilus ensatus

Orthochilus ensatus
Common names: imphamba lentaba (isiZulu
Family: Orchidaceae

This is an attractive orchid that can be grown as a container subject and was previously known as Eulophia ensata....

14 / 04 / 2014 | T Lukoto | Free State NBG
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Orthosiphon labiatus

See Ocimum labiatum....

17 / 12 / 2001 | | Free State NBG
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Oscularia caulescens

Oscularia caulescens flowers
Common names: dassievygie, sandsteenvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Oscularia caulescens is an easy-to-grow succulent groundcover, ideal as an accent plant in especially rockeries or pots and for low-maintenance and water-wise...

21 / 12 / 2009 | M Buys | Compton Herbarium
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Oscularia deltoides

Flowers and fruits of O.deltoides
Common names: dassievygie, sandsteenvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Oscularia deltoides is an easy-to-grow, succulent groundcover, ideal as an accent plant and for low-maintenance and water-wise gardens....

05 / 03 / 2007 | M Buys | Compton Herbarium
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Oscularia piquetbergensis

In flower
Common names: dassievygie, sandsteenygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Oscularia piquetbergensis, just like O. deltoides, is another easy-to-grow succulent groundcover for low-maintenance and water-wise gardens....

18 / 02 / 2008 | M Buys | Compton Herbarium
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Osmitopsis asteriscoides

Osmitopsis asteriscoides flowers
Common names: swamp daisy, mountain daisy, bellis (Eng.); bels, belskruie, belsbos, belsebos, belsbossie, belsebossie (Afr.).
Family: Asteraceae

This attractive white daisy has been in use for various medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. During spring and early summer many of the wetland areas...

01 / 11 / 2010 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Osmunda regalis

Young frond & unfurling crozier. Photo A Klopper
Common names: royal fern (Eng.); adelvaring (Afr.)
Family: Osmundaceae

Osmunda regalis is unusual in that it forms new fertile fronds in autumn, and not in spring or summer as is common in most ferns....

16 / 02 / 2004 | Ronell R. Klopper | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Osteospermum moniliferum

Osteospermum moniliferum
Common names: bietou, boneseed, tick berry, brother berry, bush-tick berry (Eng.) bietou, boetabessie, bosluisbessie, bokbessie, weskusbietou, skilpadkos (Afr.), in
Family: Asteraceae

A fast growing shrub with bright yellow daisies in autumn and winter followed by edible berries - a useful pioneer, screening plant and popular with birds...

07 / 05 / 2001 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Osyris compressa

Common names: Cape sumach, coastal tannin bush ( Eng.); wildepruim, wurgbessie, basbessie, kuslooibas (Afr.); mtekaaza, umbalanythi (Xhosa); umbulanyathi (Zulu)
Family: Santalaceae

This plant is now called Colpoon compressum ...

29 / 05 / 2006 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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