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Ficus craterostoma

80 year old Ficus craterostoma in Kirstenbosch.
Common names: forest fig, forest strangler-fig, blunt-leaved forest fig, bastard Natal fig (Eng.); bosvy, wurgvy, stomblaarbosvy, bostouboom, basternatalvy (Afr.);
Family: Moraceae

A wild fig from the well-watered forests of southeastern and tropical Africa, with glossy, dark green foliage and a grey trunk that is sculpted and shaped...

11 / 09 / 2017 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rhynchosia caribaea

Rhynchosia caribaea (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: snoutbean (Eng.); rankboontjie (Afr.); monya-mali, monyamadi, morara wa iphepha, morarana-oa-liphepa, thara (Sesotho); isihlahlasenqomfi (isiZulu)
Family: Fabaceae

An indigenous, herbaceous climber; its roots are used in traditional medicine for the treatment of rheumatism and alleviation of headaches....

11 / 09 / 2017 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Bowkeria cymosa

Bowkeria cymosa
Common names: northern shellflower, escarpment shellflower (Eng.); noordelike skulpblombos, platorand-skulpblombos (Afr.); luchwimi (Siswati)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

A bushy shrub or small tree for sun or semi-shade, with dark green foliage and sprays of unusual, shell-like, white flowers in summer; a good backdrop...

04 / 09 / 2017 | Tumelo Mofokeng | Pretoria NBG
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Pelargonium hirtum

Pelargonium hirtum
Common names: hairy pelargonium, fine-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This is a hardy, waterwise pelargonium ideal for sandy and rocky gardens. It is also well-suited to pots....

04 / 09 / 2017 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe varimaculata

Aloe varimaculata
Common names: Humpata aloe (Eng.); Humpata-aalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

A small shrubby aloe with rosettes of beautifully mottled, recurved leaves with fairly large, sharply pointed teeth, and orange-reddish flowers with yellowish...

28 / 08 / 2017 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Monilaria chrysoleuca

Monilaria chrysoleuca
Common names: string of pearls, pea mesemb (Eng.); ertjievygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

An eye-catching succulent with unusual jointed stems that resemble a beaded necklace, and leaves that sparkle in sunlight....

28 / 08 / 2017 | R Powell | Compton Herbarium
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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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Gladiolus crassifolius

Gladiolus crassifolius
Common names: thick-leaved gladiolus (Eng.); igulusha, ingangulazi (isiZulu); sidvwana (isiSwazi); khahla-e-nyenyane (Southern Sotho)
Family: Iridaceae

A dainty perennial geophyte, with substantial stems and brightly coloured flowers; it grows wild in well-drained, rocky grasslands of eastern southern...

21 / 08 / 2017 | Khayelihle Magubane | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Otholobium fruticans

Otholobium fruticans
Common names: Cape Town pea, roundhead otholobium
Family: Fabaceae

An attractive, mat-forming groundcover or semi-shrub that bears beautiful sprays of pea-like, purple-blue flowers in spring....

21 / 08 / 2017 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agave americana

Agave americana
Common names: American agave, American aloe, century plant (Eng.); Amerikaanse aalwee, Amerikaanse aalwyn, blou-aalwee, blougaringboom, gareboom, kaalgaarboom, maka
Family: Agavaceae

Century plants are popular ornamental plants that are native to Central America, southern North and northern South America. Agave americana is no exception...

14 / 08 / 2017 | Cynthia Mikateko Baloyi | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Commiphora harveyi

Commiphora harveyi in habitat, Oribi Gorge (Geoff Nichols).
Common names: copper-stem corkwood, red-stem corkwood (Eng.); koperstamkanniedood, rooistamkanniedood (Afr.); umhlunguthi, ulonwabo (isiXhosa); iminyela, umbumbunga
Family: Burseraceae

An interesting tree because of its unusual appearance of silky, copper-like bark that peels in large flakes; a great specimen for making bonsai trees and...

14 / 08 / 2017 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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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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Protea roupelliae subsp. hamiltonii

Protea roupelliae subsp. hamiltonii
Common names: dwarf silver sugarbush (Eng.); ranksilwersuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

A dwarf, procumbent shrub, ideal for a rockery or grassland gardens; it produces many low branches, with the stem spreading horizontally, and magnificent...

07 / 08 / 2017 | Mashudu Nndanduleni | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cephalanthus natalensis

Cephalanthus natalensis
Common names: strawberry bush, tree-strawberry, quinine berry (Eng.); witaarbeibos, witpruim (Afr.); mothotwe, motlholobu (Northern Sotho); murondo, mutsanda (Tshiv
Family: Rubiaceae

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07 / 08 / 2017 | Lufuno Nenungwi | Free State NBG
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Acokanthera oblongifolia

Acokanthera oblongifolia
Common names: dune poison-bush (Eng.), duinegifboom, gewone gifboom (Afr.) inhlungunyembe, ubuhlungu-benyoka, umhlangashiso (isiZulu), intlungunyembe, inxinebe (isi
Family: Apocynaceae

Beautiful white and sweetly scented flowers followed by large, red to purple fruits which turn purple-red to black when mature, but an extremely poisonous...

31 / 07 / 2017 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cerastium arabidis

Cerastium arabidis
Common names: snow flower (Eng.); qoqobalasaloti (Sesotho)
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Unlike other members in the carnation family, Cerastium arabidis is barely known, yet its simple leaves and continuing flushes of pretty,...

31 / 07 / 2017 | Maxine Manickum | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Pelargonium paniculatum

Pelargonium paniculatum
Common names: no common names on record
Family: Geraniaceae

A robust, succulent shrub that is ideal for water-wise gardens or rockeries, in arid regions....

24 / 07 / 2017 | Sinikeziwe Ncaphayi | Karoo Desert NBG
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Diosma haelkraalensis

Diosma haelkraalensis
Common names: Hagelkraal buchu (Eng.); Hagelkraal boegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This extremely hardy buchu thrives in both alkaline and acidic soils of the fynbos, and flowers for much of the year....

24 / 07 / 2017 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Senecio gerrardii

Capitula of Senecio gerrardii.
Common names: foma, leshwabe, moroborobo o monyenyane (Sesotho)
Family: Asteraceae

Visitors to wetland areas in Mpumalanga would be very familiar with this very characteristic species. It is particularly common in the Verlorenvlei area,...

17 / 07 / 2017 | Marinda Koekemoer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Oftia africana

Oftia africana
Common names: lazy bush (Eng.); koekblommetjiesbos, sukkelbossie (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Rough to the touch, this shrublet has pretty white flowers that have a sweet, chocolaty fragrance....

17 / 07 / 2017 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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